Liverpool could ‘target Wolves new boy Matheus Nunes if a bid for Jude Bellingham fails next summer’… with Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez ‘also on a shortlist of alternatives’ as Jurgen Klopp looks to revitalise his ageing midfield
- Wolves’ Matheus Nunes could be signed as an alternative to Jude Bellingham
- However, the midfielder only just arrived at Wolves for £38million this summer
- Another name on Jurgen Klopp’s midfield shortlist is Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez
- Big changes to Klopp’s midfield ranks are expected next summer in a overhaul
Liverpool could reportedly turn their attention to Wolves’ Portuguese midfielder Matheus Nunes should they fail in their expected pursuit of Jude Bellingham.
Despite only just arriving in the Premier League from Sporting Lisbon this summer, Nunes is perhaps a surprise name on a shortlist of alternatives to the young English midfielder drawn up by the Reds, according to Brazilian outlet UOL.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to sign at least one central midfield player next summer, with his side often left short in that area due to injuries, and several of his stars either over 30 or, in Naby Keita’s case, nearing the end of their current deal.
Matheus Nunes could be subject of interest from Liverpool as a Jude Bellingham alternative
The midfield has been the one problem area for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool of late
Liverpool are expected to be at the front of the queue to sign Bellingham next summer
The midfield has been the one problem area for Liverpool for some time now and, despite the emergency loan signing of Arthur Melo from Juventus on deadline day, it still looks a concern.
With Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all struggling with injuries in the past, and James Milner in the twilight of his career, Klopp has had to look towards youth.
And though Harvey Elliot, Fabio Carvalho and Curtis Jones have shown plenty of promise, it remains to be seen whether the Reds can challenge for Premier League and Champions League titles with that trio as their leading lights.
Borussia Dortmund’s Bellingham is naturally top of the list, as he likely is at most of Europe’s top clubs, but reports suggest that Nunes has been under close scrutiny for some time now.
Nunes (centre) has only just arrived at current club Wolves after a £38million summer switch
The 24-year-old won a league title, two League Cups and a Super Cup with Sporting Lisbon
The 24-year-old joined Wolves from Sporting in a £38million move in August, but it is believed that he will fast become one of Liverpool’s top targets if he successfully adapts to life in English football.
Key to a potential transfer is Reds sporting director Julian Ward’s good working relationship with Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, who architected a move for his client Darwin Nunez this summer.
In 50 games for Sporting last season, Nunes notch four goals and five assists, helping his side to a Portuguese Super Cup and League Cup double.
Another of Portuguese football’s midfield talents Enzo Fernandez is also on Klopp’s shortlist, and has drawn interest from a number of clubs after a seamless transition to European football from River Plate.
He already has three goals from midfield in 12 games at Benfica, playing four games in the Champions League, where the Sun reports Wolves have been keeping tabs on him, and will surely look to rival Liverpool for his signature.
Nunes is joined on Liverpool’s midfield shortlist by Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez
Wolves will reportedly try to sign the Benfica youngster after missing out in the summer