Wolves fans were sent into a bit of frenzy last night, as reports surfaced that Liverpool are interested in signing Matheus Nunes.
The midfielder was on the Reds’ radar last year, and they are now seemingly ready to return for the maestro.
Liverpool’s need for new midfielders is very large.
The likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago are all ageing.
And teams appear to be carving through them at will this season. They were all over the shop in last night’s game with Brentford, which the Bees won 3-1.
Them wanting Nunes is no surprise.
They wanted him before he made his move to Molineux.
Many were surprised that Wolves actually won the race for Nunes, who is one of the top midfielders in Europe.
Reports have indicated that Liverpool are ready to try and prise him away from Wanderers. That in itself is not the big deal here.
The thing that is getting some Wolves fans’ backs up is that the deal would apparently set Liverpool back around £44 million.
Wolves paid an initial £38 million to Sporting CP for Nunes, with the total deal costing £42 million with add-ons (Sky Sports).
So selling for £44 million would see Wolves barely make a profit.
If this gets sanctioned, it will be one of the most ridiculous deals Wolves have ever done.
Wolves can’t make it so easy for Liverpool, Matheus Nunes is a huge asset with a long contract
A lot of Wolves fans accepted that Nunes might only be at the club for one season.
He is definitely a Champions League-quality player, and it was a real surprise he actually made the move to Wanderers.
But Wolves just can’t be accepting £44 million for Nunes and essentially rolling over for Liverpool.
Nunes is here now, and he has a contract until 2027. Wolves should be demanding an absolute premium next summer (unless, of course, the club suffers relegation).
Given this £44 million figure, one wonders if there has already been some sort of conversation with Jorge Mendes, who is reported to be looking to get Nunes out of Wolves.
Perhaps there was a verbal agreement that Nunes could leave after one season for reasonable money, as a thank you for Mendes’ efforts in getting him to Molineux.
Maybe that was the only way in which Wolves could have got Nunes to come to the club at all.