Chelsea are set to frustrate another one of their Premier League rivals by joining the race to sign Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes.
The 24-year-old is on Liverpool’s transfer shortlist but he cannot leave Molineux in the January transfer window having already played for two teams this campaign.
Nunes made two outings for former club Sporting Lisbon before eventually joining Wolves for £38million last August.
Chelsea have already hijacked two transfers under the ownership of Todd Boehly’s by beating Arsenal to Mykhaylo Mudryk’s signature this month.
They also signed Joao Felix, who was a major target for the Gunners and Manchester United, who is on loan from Atletico Madrid.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the Blues are interested in signing Nunes and could now battle Liverpool for his signature in the summer.
Both sides are currently points behind Manchester United in fourth in the Premier League and are looking to improve their respective teams.
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Jurgen Klopp has conceded Liverpool do not have a budget that can challenge the Premier League’s richest teams, including Chelsea.
The West London side have been the biggest spenders in Europe since Boehly’s takeover last summer, investing more than £400m in signing players.
Nunes has impressed since joining Wolves – playing 17 Premier League games. He’s missed just two matches in all competitions for the club since his move, which proves his importance to the team.
Despite the arrival of Nunes, Wolves are struggling in the Premier League. They are 17th and only outside of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Klopp snapped at a reporter in a press conference this month after being quizzed on Liverpool’s plans.
He moaned: “Do I have to tell you the money story again? Really? Do I have to tell you again? What could be the reason? That we have money like crazy but we don’t buy the players even if they are available?
“Why are you asking questions when the answer is on the table? I really don’t understand that. I really don’t understand that. You drove here today and this is the question you ask? You know the answer!”
Klopp also discussed his team’s injury woes. He added: “On top of that, four of our offensive players are injured, they will come back. We will have seven strikers then, we can’t even put them all on the Champions League list. Injuries are a big shadow over us.”