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Transfer News: Liverpool to battle Chelsea and Manchester City for Matheus Nunes of Sporting CP

As per journalist Rudy Galetti on Twitter (h/t Liverpool Echo), Liverpool and Chelsea have targeted Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes for a transfer in the near future.

Manchester City are also said to be in the race for the 23-year-old star, who has eight international caps for Portugal. At his age, he is just getting started.

And that is an age profile that LFC can certainly use in their midfield. He is already a regular for Sporting and his prime years are still ahead of him.

Matheus Nunes of Portugal hugs Cristiano Ronaldo.
Matheus Nunes of Portugal hugs Cristiano Ronaldo. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

He is one shy of making a century of appearances for his current club at the senior level but could miss out on it were he to move away this summer. When the big English clubs come calling, it is hard for a young star to keep rejecting them.

What next for Nunes?

The Reds have already done some shopping in Primeira Liga. Darwin Nunez was signed from SL Benfica this summer while Luis Diaz joined the Anfield outfit back in January from FC Porto.

Nunes largely plays as a central midfielder and can also play a bit further up the pitch if required. He is the kind of player that our midfield is crying out for, especially in terms of future-proofing that area.

Matheus Nunes is linked with a move to Liverpool.
Matheus Nunes is linked with a move to Liverpool. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Thiago Alcantara, as good as he is, isn’t spring chicken anymore- and neither is Jordan Henderson. Naby Keita’s fitness issues don’t make him a safe option to rely on throughout the course of the season.

And the English duo of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott- as good as they are- still have some way to go before becoming first-team regulars here.

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Nunes, in that case, makes sense. But he is young, is contracted until 2026, chased by the likes of Chelsea and Man City, and is very talented- which would surely mean any suitor would have to spend a pretty penny on him.