Liverpool could complete the big-money signing of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez imminently as the player has told his club he’s ready to quit, according to an update in the last 24 hours.
The Lowdown: Nunez heading to Anfield?
The 22-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield in recent days, with the Reds seemingly winning the race to sign him.
Nunez is considered one of the most exciting young attacking players in Europe, having scored 26 goals in just 24 Primeira Liga starts last season.
He also scored home and away against Liverpool in the Champions League – something that seemingly alerted Jurgen Klopp to his brilliance.
The Latest: Move done this week?
According to Football Insider’s Friday morning update, Nunez could officially become a Reds player by the end of this week, with the 22 year-old wanting it done ‘as soon as possible’ and a deal ‘edging closer’.
Negotiations are thought to be ‘accelerating’ and a long-term deal has been offered to the Uruguayan, who has told Benfica he wants to quit and move to Anfield – the report calls this a ‘clear sign the transfer is close to completion’.
The Verdict: What a signing
Barring a major twist, it looks now a given that Nunez will be confirmed as a Liverpool player before too long, in what represents a significant piece of business for a likely record fee – Football Insider say £60m plus £20m in add-ons.
How many goals will Nunez score in 2022/23?
With Sadio Mane looking set to eventually join Bayern Munich, the Benfica sensation could be a perfect replacement down the middle, bringing goals, movement and physicality to the Reds’ attack.
At 22, he still has so many years ahead of him, too – he is eight years Mane’s younger – and is someone who could mature into a true Premier League force.
In other news, one Liverpool player is ‘closing in’ on a Reds exit. Find out who it is here.
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