Report: Liverpool enter race to buy 23-year-old midfielder who Chelsea were favourites to sign

Reports suggest Liverpool are set to rival Chelsea for a deal for Sporting Lisbon’s Matheus Nunes.

According to JN in Portugal, the Champions League finalists have announced their interest as one of a number of teams intrigued by a deal for the Portugal international.

Nunes has recently signed a new deal with Sporting, however the Blues are one of the top European sides who are keen to add the midfielder to their ranks.

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It had even been reported earlier this summer that Chelsea were in pole position to sign the 23-year-old, with Sky Germany saying there are up to 20 of Europe’s best clubs inquiring over a potential move.

Liverpool rival Chelsea for Nunes deal

JN have claimed Liverpool are one of those clubs monitoring the situation, with the Reds entering a race for Nunes recently.

The news could spell danger for Chelsea, with Jurgen Klopp’s men offering an attractive proposal to any potential transfer targets. Following a near-imperious season in England and in Europe, Liverpool can boast a sensational foundation to build on in the future.

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Adding to that, the one weakness Liverpool could be seen as having is in their midfield, so a deal for Nunes, a player who carries the ball extremely well, could be the perfect acquisition for them.

While Chelsea’s immediate need for a midfielder may not be there, it is likely they will soon need to look at replacements for Jorginho and N’golo Kante, with the pair giving no indication that they are set to sign a new deal.

Despite returns from loan for Conor Gallagher, Billy Gilmour and Ethan Ampadu, it is likely Thomas Tuchel will be keen to add a world-renowned name to his midfield if he is to build a team set to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool in the coming years.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.