New £85m Liverpool signing looking to follow in Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes’ footsteps after award

New signing Darwin Nunez will look to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes after moving from Portugal to the Premier League.

Nunez, 23, has just been awarded the Primeira Liga Player of the Season for his exploits last season with Benfica.

A league which is fast becoming a breeding ground for little-known players with huge potential.

Liverpool will be hoping the £85m striker can follow in the footsteps of a previous two-time winner of the award in Fernandes in hitting the ground running in England.

Bruno Fernandes made the move from Sporting Lisbon over two years ago, with many of the top clubs not willing to take a chance on a player from outside of the traditional top five leagues in Europe.

However, after that, he hit the ground running with eight goals and seven assists in his first 14 Premier League appearances.

Liverpool will be hoping Nunez can settle in as quickly as Fernandes did and luckily for the Uruguayan, he’s coming into a very settled Liverpool team which should him bed in quickly.

We’ve also seen Arsenal move for Fabio Viera from the Portuguese league as well, with the trend of Premier League teams shopping for their talent in the country only increasing.

Whereas once upon a time the league was where cut-price bargains could be found, the £85m for Nunez demonstrates that Portuguese clubs are well aware of the demand for their players.

The Reds also found their new star winger in the same country, signing Luis Diaz from Porto in January.

Diaz was Porto’s best asset at the time, arriving for a fairly reasonable price of £37m (subject to rise) in what has been a masterstroke from the club.bruno

His insight could be key for Nunez to settle in fully, with a full pre-season ahead for the pair they will be ready for the start of the season in early August.

With Manchester City signing Erling Haaland, a fast start will be essential to keep pace with the reigning champions, especially with Liverpool only facing one top six side (Manchester United) in their first six games.

Liverpool’s big money signings of Diaz and Nunez could be the catalyst for others to follow and to spend big in Portugal from now on given the examples of success in the Premier League.

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