Brighton have discovered that they will need to pay at least £23m if they are to sign transfer target Darwin Nunez.
According to The Argus, reporters in Almeria, the Spanish second tier club for whom he plays, have said that his current employers will only commence negotiations if they receive offers of £23m or more, an increase on the £18m asking price that was initially reported by La Voz de Almería.
That near-miss for the Andalucian club has prompted them to play hardball and raise the asking price for the 21-year-old, according to The Argus.
Brighton’s interest in a prolific second-tier striker is reminiscent of their purchase of Neal Maupay last summer from Brentford for a joint-club record fee of £20m. The Frenchman hit 25 goals for the Bees in the 2018/19 Championship and went on to enjoy a strong first season in Sussex, netting 10 times in the Premier League.
By that logic, a punt on Nunez may seem like a gamble worth taking, but the comparison is not quite a direct one. While Maupay had a couple of years in England under his belt, as well as Ligue 1 experience, at the time of his move to the Amex Stadium, the Almeria striker has only played in the Spanish second tier and his native Uruguay, where he made just 22 senior appearances for Penarol before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Nunez is valued at a modest £9m by TransferMarkt, so for Almeria to demand more than twice that amount seems rather avaricious on their part.
Do you think Brighton will sign Darwin Nunez?
Even though the 21-year-old may be a reported target for RB Leipzig, £23m just seems like an awfully high amount to pay for an inexperienced striker off the back of one strong season, particularly with his club underlining their firm stance by jacking up his asking price. All things considered, it may be best for Brighton to drop this one.
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