Liverpool may miss out on Jude Bellingham, but that only heightens the chances of a double raid for Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes.
The Reds have been heavily linked with Bellingham for over a year now in the hope of pulling off a big deal.
The rumours have been positive, negative, positive again and now, sadly, negative again.
It’s stated that there is now ‘significant doubt’ over Liverpool’s ability to fund a deal for Bellingham – especially when Manchester City and Real Madrid are the competition.
Liverpool won’t give up until the bitter end but the Reds may need to accept that they need to target some other midfielders.
A number of names have been mentioned, but a double deal may work for the Reds.
LIVERPOOL WANT WOLVES DUO RUBEN NEVES AND MATHEUS NUNES
90Min reported just last week that Liverpool have asked to kept informed about a potential move for Wolves star Neves.
Liverpool assistant Pepijn Lijnders is having more and more influence at the moment and he is a big fan of Neves.
Lijnders coached Neves at Porto and told O Jogo in 2019 that Liverpool would always be interested in players like him.
Neves is out of contract in 2024 and there is a real chance for Liverpool to land him for a knockdown price.
Neves has exceptional quality on the ball and can bring some control to a Liverpool midfield that has looked all over the place this season, even if there will be questions over his mobility.
Liverpool have another Wolves man in mind though with Matheus Nunes wanted.
The Telegraph claimed in January that Nunes is being lined up for a £44million to Liverpool this summer.
Liverpool wanted Nunes last summer before he left Sporting for Wolves, but seem to be planning to sign him this time around.
A little more raw than Neves, Nunes is energetic and a fine ball-carrier, which has left fans wondering if he could be Liverpool’s new Gini Wijnaldum.
Nunes must add more defensive abilities to his game to truly fill that role but maybe Klopp sees something in him to improve the Liverpool midfield.
A double deal for the Wolves duo would set Liverpool back over £80million, but that would still leave some cash left over from the £100million-plus needed for Jude Bellingham.
Neither are quite at Bellingham’s level but players of that ilk rarely come around; investing in two players who already know each other well may be the way for Klopp and co to go if Bellingham doesn’t join.