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Matheus Nunes to Liverpool gets emphatic update as trusted source doubles down on Klopp plan

Portugal midfielder Matheus Nunes

Talk of Liverpool laying the foundations for a Matheus Nunes deal have swelled in recent days, prompting a trusted Reds expert to deliver an emphatic update.

The 23-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been heavily linked with the Reds of late. He was named as the perfect addition to Liverpool’s midfield by Fabrizio Romano after missing out on Aurelien Tchouameni.

Liverpool are known to be huge admirers of Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham. However, the German giant have already sold Erling Haaland this summer. As such, they will make suitors wait for Bellingham until 2023 at the earliest.

Liverpool have already added Fabio Carvalho to their attacking midfield ranks. The ex-Fulham youngster helped demolish RB Leipzig on Thursday and provided an assist for Darwin Nunez’s fourth goal.

However, it is the deeper positions where Matheus Nunes would operate and reports from Portugal earlier this week claimed the midfielder had been made a ‘priority’ target.

Furthermore, it was stated the foundations for a 2023 transfer could be laid this summer with Sporting talks set to be opened.

However, the Athletic’s Liverpool expert, James Pearce, has completely dismissed any notion of Nunes signing this summer.

Matheus Nunes deal this summer ‘nonsense’

Pearce tweeted talk of Liverpool bidding for Nunes ‘this summer’ is ‘nonsense’.

Liverpool’s stance regarding their summer business – being that there’ll be no more arrivals – is ‘unchanged’.

The trusted journalist concluded there are ‘no plans to strengthen [the] midfield further’ in the current window.

Of course, that leaves the door open to midfield reinforcements next summer. Though if Pearce’s sources are correct, the £38m-rated Nunes – and Bellingham – won’t be pursued before this summer’s window slams shut on September 1.

Liverpool signing would hamper three bright sparks

Part of Liverpool’s reluctance to add another midfielder this summer is their desire to not hinder the progress of Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho.

The young trio are all on the rise, though face an uphill struggle to command regular game-time.

The Reds’ strongest midfield three remains Fabinho flanked by Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson.

However, James Milner and Naby Keita also come into Klopp’s reckoning, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still on the books – for now.

Liverpool may be wise to wait until next summer before making a midfield splash. At that point Milner will be a free agent again. Oxlade-Chamberlain too will see his contract expire, assuming he hasn’t already been sold.