Transfers are never certain until a certain Italian journalist puts a tweet out regarding the details.
Fabrizio Romano has now tipped a Liverpool move for a once-target for Manchester City and a player that Pep Guardiola described as the “one of the best players in the world”.
Matheus Nunes is now strongly being linked with the Merseysiders following an injury to Thiago during the opening game against Fulham. The Spanish international limped out and it is now confirmed he will be missing for six-weeks with a hamstring injury.
A bid of £45-50million could be in the preparations stage although, just like City, the club do not rush their transfer business and has largely done great business in the previous seasons.
Speaking exclusively to Caught Offside, Romano claims that the Reds have two targets for the position, with Marcelo Brozovic the other, however, Nunes is the more achievable given the Croatian’s untouchable status at Inter Milan.
"“Klopp and Liverpool will consider a new midfielder if there is an opportunity on the market. I believe that Sporting Lisbon’s Matheus Nunes is a very interesting player who could be a good fit for this team, but we need to see the amount that the club will be prepared to invest.” the Italian journalist claimed."
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The Brazilian-born Portuguese international has made a huge impression in his homeland since joining Sporting in January 2019. He’s played 99 games for Ruben Amorim’s side, helping them win the Portuguese title, two Portuguese Cups and the Portuguese Super Cup in a glowing period for the green and white of the capital.
His combative midfield displays as a number 8, looking to get forward and contribute to the attack will see him excel in an ageing Liverpool midfield. It is also reported that he is keen on a move to a Champions League club after rejecting a contract from Portugal’s exports, Wolves.
The move will make a trio of signings from Liga Portugal in the last 12 months with Luis Diaz (Porto) and Darwin Nunez (Benfica) making the league far more competitive overall.
City interest should peak if Bernardo leaves
Nunes’ countryman, Bernardo Silva, has been linked with Barcelona in a deal rumoured to be worth 50-55million euros, with Silva wanting a move to the Catalan giants.
And according to journalist Gerard Romero, Barca has reached an agreement with City to sign the former Monaco midfielder providing they are able to register more players after financial troubles.
After seemingly winning the Euromillions jackpot, Barcelona has done a great job in unsettling the playmaker in a surprise move. Should that deal go ahead then Nunes, along with Frenkie De Jong and Marco Veratti are likely to be targeted to replace their number twenty.
A move likely to be sanctioned by Pep Guardiola and City Group as they have been open about Silva’s situation and City not standing in his way should he want to move on – as was the case with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.