Klopp ‘personally requests’ €60m Liverpool signing with Reds ‘closer’ to agreement than Barcelona

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Klopp requests Liverpool signing

Jurgen Klopp has reportedly ‘personally requested’ that Liverpool sign FC Barcelona target Matheus Nunes from Wolves this summer.

The Premier League club are in the market for at least one new midfielder ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

They were once considered favourites in the fight for Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham but they have dropped out of the midfielder. This is understood to be because his value has skyrocketed following his stunning form for England at the World Cup.

Bellingham would have cost around £130m if Liverpool signed him. With the teenager off the table, they will instead use their summer funds to sign multiple players and Chelsea’s Mason Mount is among their targets.

Nunes has also been heavily linked with Liverpool over the past year. He was among their targets last summer before he joined Wolves from Sporting Lisbon.

Spanish outlet Nacional are now reporting that ‘Liverpool are very serious about Nunes’ and signing him ‘has become a personal request of Klopp’.

But Barcelona are ‘firmly considering asking about his availability and the starting price’. Head coach Xavi ‘has asked not to lose sight’ of him.

The report points out this is not an ‘easy signing’ for Barcelona. They are ‘aware that a payment close to 60 million euros would be necessary to get the Portuguese international’.

Liverpool are currently ‘leading the auction’ for Nunes and he is one of the midfielders they ‘like the most’. The report adds.

‘At the moment, Wolves do not have any closed agreement with anyone, but it is clear that right now he is closer to the Reds than any other club.

‘So, Xavi has no other choice but to start assuming that Nunes is almost impossible. Barcelona will have to forget him as soon as possible, and think about other options to strengthen the engine room.

‘Fortunately, the latest information indicates that Barcelona already has another footballer lined up for this: Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City.’

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Speaking earlier this year, former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson predicted that Wolves will “hold out for more money” than the £38m they signed Nunes for last summer.

“It’s hard to believe that Wolves would sell one of their main men for a £6million profit (£44m overall),” Johnson told Betfred.

“If Liverpool offered Wolves double what they paid for him then they’d probably usher him out of the door.

“I think Wolves would certainly hold out for more money, but I definitely believe he’s a good player and he’s caught the eye of many clubs.”

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