Liverpool could sign Benfica forward Darwin Nunez for half his release clause, according to Empire of the Kop and Jacque Talbot, with Jorge Mendes now co-representing him.
The centre-forward has enjoyed a memorable campaign thus far and has been Benfica’s bright spark.
In 36 appearances, he has netted 31 times, including the instinctive finish against Liverpool last week when he was gifted a chance by Ibrahima Konate.
Talbot and EOTK report: “With his new agent (Jorge Mendes), Darwin Núñez will be offered to top Premier League clubs – and that undoubtedly means Liverpool will be asked to look at the striker.
“My understanding, brought to you exclusively by Empire of the Kop, is that super-agent Jorge Mendes will offer the player to the top brass of English football.
“And despite the £125m release clause Benfica have put to his name, it will take just over half that, about £66m, to seal the deal – maybe even less.
“The 22-year-old could not have advertised himself better to Liverpool with a stunning performance against the Reds last week during their astounding 3-1 win.”
Nunez isn’t the type of forward Liverpool would typically try and sign and so I personally doubt that Jurgen Klopp would be interested in adding him to his team based purely on style and profile.
The 22-year-old is blessed with a wonderful finish and I think his physicality and combative nature make him a good fit for the Premier League but for Liverpool’s style of play, he’s not a natural fit.
As things stand, the Reds aren’t in desperate need of a new no.9 in any case but that will change in the summer when Divock Origi leaves as the Belgian’s contract is up at the end of the season.
However, it’s difficult to imagine Liverpool spending so much on a backup when they’ve already spent around £37million on Luis Diaz.
The Reds are one of the very best out there in terms of recruitment and have slowly refined their transfer strategies to the point where their signings are almost always successful.
During his time at Anfield, Klopp has had only a handful of poor signings and even then, given how well Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk etc. have done, it’s very difficult to criticise them.