Liverpool leading race to Wolves sensation Matheus Nunes this summer – report

Liverpool-linked Matheus Nunes of Wolverhampton Wanderers leaves the pitch following a training session at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground on March 7, 2023 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
(Image credit: Jack Thomas – WWFC via Getty Images)

Liverpool are the frontrunners to sign Matheus Nunes from Wolves this summer, according to reports.

The midfielder only moved to Molineux from Sporting Lisbon in August, but his stock has stock has skyrocketed during a fine first campaign with Wolves.

And, per Football Insider, Liverpool are winning the race to secure 24-year-old Nunes' services for next season.

Matheus Nunes of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks up during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on February 4, 2023 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

Nunes has featured in all bar one of Wolves' Premier League fixtures since joining (Image credit: MB Media/Getty Images)

Nunes is said to have been on Liverpool's radar for some time; indeed, the Telegraph reported in January, after failing to land the Portugal international last summer, the Reds committed to bid for him later down the line.

Evidently, no deal was struck during the winter transfer window, but speculation surrounding a switch to Anfield seems to have only intensified.

Wolves paid a club-record £42.2 to sign Nunes, who is currently valued by Transfermarkt at just under £40m.

However, Wolves' ability to demand that kind of money this summer is bound to depend on whether or not they stay in the Premier League: as things stand, Julen Lopetegui's side sit just three points above the relegation zone, having played more games than most of the teams around them.

Matheus Nunes of Portugal looks on during the FIFA World Cup 2022 group stage match between Korea Republic and Portugal at the Education City Stadium on December 2, 2022 in Al Rayyan, Qatar.

Nunes has been capped 11 times by Portugal (Image credit: Manuel Reino Berengui/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Nunes has made 29 appearances for Wolves in all competitions, playing the full 90 minutes in February's 3-0 league win over Liverpool.

The former Estoril and Ericeirense man made his Portugal debut in 2021 and was included in their squad for the 2022 Worle Cup, where he made two appearances.

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Jurgen Klopp has addressed the "clear need" for a Liverpool rebuild this summer – and reports suggest there could be a lot of money spent.

Josko Gvardiol is a top target, with Mason Mount on the wishlist, too. Seven other players are in the summer plans, with an eye on the future as well. A player dubbed "the next Luka Modric" could be targeted, while Benfica's latest starlet Florentino Luis is being considered. Fifteen-year-old Kendry Paez is also being linked

Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham is said to have made Liverpool his preferred destination should he leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...