Manchester City is “still confident” that Matheus Nunes will sign.

Manchester City is “still confident” that Matheus Nunes will sign.

Matheus Nunes, a midfielder for Wolverhampton Wanderers, is reportedly still up for negotiation with Manchester City.

The winners of the Premier League and the Champions League have already failed with one bid for the Portugal international after Wolves rejected their initial £47 million offer.

Gary O’Neil confirmed that his team had rejected a last-week approach for Nunes from an unnamed club because they believed the offer did not reflect how highly they regarded the former Sporting Lisbon player.

“He’s an important player for us with four or five years left on his contract, but we rejected a bid because we didn’t feel it met our valuation of what Matheus is worth to us,” O’Neil said to reporters prior to Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Everton, which Nunes missed because of a suspension.

“Our assessment of Matheus was not met, but I am unaware of the specifics of the bid or its location. I am the coach. Matheus is unavailable this weekend, so I coach the team and the players who are available. “.

Wolves, in the West Midlands, have reportedly placed a £60 million price tag on the head of Nunes, 25, who joined in a £38 point 5 million transfer last year. Nunes is under contract to Wolves through the summer of 2027 with the option of an additional 12 months.

Man City is reportedly preparing a second offer for Nunes, and according to Football Insider, the Citizens are still confident that they can close a deal.

According to the report, City’s revised offer will probably be close to £60 million, which would be a club record sale for Wolves. Pep Guardiola’s team anticipates having their revised offer accepted.

The treble winners already had Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea in their midfield lineups, but after learning of Kevin De Bruyne’s serious hamstring injury, they sought to add more players to the position.

John Stones is also recovering from a thigh issue and won’t return to action until after the international break, despite the fact that he excelled in an inverted role during the 2022–23 season.

Lucas Paqueta of West Ham United was initially a high-profile target for the Citizens, but they later lost interest after the FA launched an inquiry into possible betting violations by the Brazilian.

In addition to Bernardo Silva’s extension of his contract until 2026 and the addition of Jeremy Doku to Man City’s attacking ranks, Guardiola is still looking for a central defender ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Nunes reportedly caught Liverpool’s attention after excelling at Sporting, but the Reds decided against spending big money on a high-priced midfielder in 2022, allowing Wolves to sign the 25-year-old.

Nunes secured a starting position for the Wolves XI right away, but in his first season he only managed one goal and one assist from 39 games and started just one game for Portugal at the 2022 World Cup.

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