Liverpool close to signing Darwin Nunez from Benfica

FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League

Liverpool is on the verge of acquiring striker Darwin Nunez from Portuguese club Benfica.

Initial estimates place the deal’s value at £64 million, with a further £21 million in add-ons.

Last season, Nunez scored 34 goals in 41 appearances for Benfica across all competitions.

Additionally, he scored twice against Liverpool as the Reds defeated Benfica 6-4 over two legs in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Jurgen Klopp predicted Nunez would have a “big career” after their second meeting, describing him as “physically strong, quick, and composed around the goal.”

The medical examination has not yet occurred, but Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward was reportedly in Portugal over the weekend for negotiations.

According to reports, Premier League rivals Manchester United were also interested in signing Nunez, who cost Benfica €24 million (£20.5 million) to acquire from Spanish club Almeria in 2020.

Liverpool’s record transfer was the £75 million paid to Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in 2018, and the deal for Nunez could surpass that depending on the value of the add-ons.

The forward scored six goals in ten Champions League games for Benfica during the previous season, in addition to 26 goals and four assists in 28 league games.

Sadio Mane, who is in the final year of his contract with Liverpool and is attracting interest from Bayern Munich, could be replaced by Nunez, whose impending arrival is expected. Mane is in the final year of his contract and Bayern Munich is interested in signing him.

The Reds have rejected the German champions’ £30 million offer for the 30-year-old Senegalese forward.

Takumi Minamino, a 27-year-old Japan international for the club, is attracting interest from a number of clubs.