Liverpool are interested in signing Benfica striker Darwin Nunez but will need to beat Manchester City to the punch.
This comes from the Daily Star, who claim that City have a ‘super’ relationship with Benfica after buying Ederson and Ruben Dias from the Portuguese side.
However, it will be interesting to see who the forward would be more open to joining and after a 2-2 draw between the two sides, they are difficult to separate on football terms at the moment.
The report from the Daily Star claims that Nunez has a release clause worth £125million but City “are optimistic” they can get the price down to £75million and if Liverpool are genuinely interested, they will likely share this view.
Nunez is a tremendous player and still only 22, he has a lot of room to improve. Last season, he scored 14 goals and assisted 12, underlining how balanced his game is.
Not only is he able to bully or dribble his way past defenders using either his strength or his great close control, the Uruguayan can also score bullet headers or finesse shots past the goalkeeper.
He’s the complete package and already has 6 goals this season from 8 games although he is yet to register an assist this term.
Nunez showcased his fine attacking talent against Barcelona as Benfica romped to a 3-0 win over the Catalonians, with the striker scoring a brace.
However, he simply doesn’t fit the Liverpool transfer model and is not on the level of a player like Erling Haaland, who FSG might consider breaking their mould to sign.
At 22, the Benfica star is the right age but if his £75million price tag is accurate, that would see him equal Virgil van Dijk’s tagline as the most expensive Liverpool signing of all time and I don’t see Nunez making the same impact that the Dutchman did upon his arrival from Southampton.