Liverpool have been linked with a move for sports star Matheus Nunes this week and now they know how much they will have to pay to acquire his services.
Despite reports suggesting the Reds have completed their upcoming deals this summer, it appears Jürgen Klopp is still interested in recruiting additional midfield competition. And Matheus Nunes is one of the players they are looking at.
According to the Record, Liverpool had to pay a total package of 42.7 million pounds to raise the player. The Anfield club have also been linked with Florian Neuhaus today, a player with a similar profile to Nunes.
Both are deep players rather than box-to-box midfielders. Players who are better at contributing to the build-up rather than creating their own goal scoring opportunities or scoring goals themselves.
And the fact that Liverpool are targeting players with such a profile makes sense.
The Merseyside outfit are set to move to Jude Bellingham next summer. But so far, Borussia Dortmund is not ready to sell the young man. Should he move to the north-west of England, he would be more of a box-to-box player for Liverpool, positioned to the right of Fabinho in midfield.
Nuns, however, would be more likely to take on the slightly more reserved role that Thiago Alcantara fulfills so well for the Reds.
Thiago is a player who is now on the wrong side of 30 and has struggled with minor injury issues throughout his career. As such, he has never started more than 30 games in one season. And his profile is unique in the Liverpool squad. And when he’s not available, Liverpool miss him.
So, at the age of 31, Thiago firstly needs an adequate undergraduate degree to play when he needs to rest, and secondly, he has to be replaced eventually. Nuns could be the man for the job. As a 23-year-old, he will be able to learn from Thiago in his first season with a view to replacing him in Liverpool’s first XI in the near future.
Liverpool may want to see if they can persuade Sporting to drop the £42.7 million price tag they have been linked with Nunes, but signing him would be a smart move by the Reds.