Liverpool Eye Nino Amidst Premier League Tussle
As the winter transfer window looms, Liverpool is reportedly setting sights on Fluminense’s standout centre-back Nino, entering a three-way Premier League contest with Nottingham Forest and Fulham. The 26-year-old Brazilian has emerged as a key target to bolster Liverpool’s defensive ranks, particularly in light of Joel Matip’s season-ending ACL injury.
Nino: A Defensive Dynamo from Brazil
Nino’s prowess on the pitch has been turning heads, with his contributions significantly aiding Fluminense’s triumph in the Copa Libertadores. His remarkable performance in Brazil’s top tier has made him an attractive prospect, especially as his contract nears its final year, potentially marking him as a bargain in the upcoming market.
Liverpool’s Defensive Dilemma
With Matip’s contract set to expire and his current season curtailed by injury, Liverpool finds itself in a defensive predicament. Jurgen Klopp expressed confidence in the club’s handling of Matip’s situation, stating, “I’m pretty sure the club will show their class, just as they should. I’m pretty sure they have told Joel already whatever happens, as long as he’s injured everything’s fine, and now we have to make a decision with Joel how it looks after that. That’s a normal thing to do but he deserves all the support from us, and he will get it. I would say so [that he deserves a new deal], but it’s not my decision. I cannot sign the papers.”
The need for reinforcements is clear as Liverpool currently relies on Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate, and the younger Jarell Quansah. Nino’s potential arrival could provide the much-needed depth and quality at the back.
Market Moves and Interest
Nino’s impressive debut for Brazil, despite a defeat to Argentina, has only increased his market appeal. With a reported release clause as low as £6m, clubs like Roma and Feyenoord are also monitoring his situation closely, indicating a potential bidding war for the Brazilian’s services.