The 22 year old Uruguayan is believed to be close to joining Anfield, with the Merseyside club allegedly being in advanced talks with Benfica for a €80m offer with the potential of up to €20m add ons; personal terms for the player already being agreed. [Fabrizio Romano]
Nunez has been at Benfica since 2020, scoring 48 goals in 85 appearances for the Portuguese club. 32 of those goals came this season, as the Uruguayan made his name known internationally with some big European performances as well as 26 goals and 4 assists in the Primeira Liga.
For his national team, Nunez has made 11 appearances, scoring 2 goals since 2018.
According to Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepúlveda, Darwin Nunez will be on a weekly wage of €115,000. The 22 year old centre forward is believed to be signing a 5 year deal, which will massively boost the future prospect of Liverpool’s squad.
It has been somewhat surprising to hear the large sum that Liverpool are willing to pay Benfica, with the Merseyside club often opting to spend less on players with potential rather than pay over the odds for a proven man. This leaves a big question mark as to how big of a risk FSG and Liverpool are really taking by spending so much money, though the answer is one that only time will tell.
Jurgen Klopp is said to be prepared to reshape his attack around Nunez, though Liverpool rivals Manchester United are looking to hijack the deal on Merseyside and bring the young forward to Manchester. According to Graeme Bailey, Liverpool are confident that they have beat opposition to win the race for Darwin Nunez.
The main question raised is will Nunez thrive in the Premier League? Though it is hard to say, he put in some memorable performances in the Champions League against the likes of Liverpool, where he scored 2 goals over both legs of the quarter final, whilst consistently asking questions of the Red’s defence. He also scored as a substitute in Benfica’s 5-2 defeat against Bayern Munich.
It will be interesting to see how Nunez will flourish under Jurgen Klopp should the deal go ahead, and with the futures of Sadio Mané and Mohammed Salah being uncertain, it is no doubt that the 22 year old will have a big role to play in the next 5 years and beyond for Liverpool.