Newcastle United reportedly now ‘want’ to make Darwin Nunez their ‘marquee’ signing this summer.
The Lowdown: Highly sought after
Nunez seems to be the name on everyone’s lips at the moment after he scored yet another goal for Benfica in their 3-3 draw away at Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
Incredibly, that was the 32nd goal that he scored in just 37 games in total over all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt), and there is plenty of room left for more.
Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the player will leave Benfica this summer for a fee of around €80m (£66m), and it’s just a matter now of who wins the race.
The Latest: Wanted man
There is seemingly no doubt that Nunez is a wanted man this summer, and the St. James’ Park faithful are just one of the clubs on that list, as per iNews journalist Mark Douglas.
Should Newcastle sign Nunez?
Taking to Twitter, Douglas revealed that they ‘want’ the ‘hot property’ as their marquee signing, but clubs in the Champions League are also ‘circling’ for his signature.
Expanding in his article, an executive from the Premier League has told Douglas that Nunez is ‘tailor-made’ for English football, while Jeremy Steele, the CEO of data company FC Analytics, believes that he could even be worth £100m.
The Verdict: Move on
Given the calibre of clubs that are likely to be in for Nunez, the North East outfit should just forget about trying to sign him this summer and move on to other targets.
Of course, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) consortium would likely be able to offer the right financial package, but it seems too early in the project for them to able to snatch the likes of Nunez off of bigger and better suitors, likely forcing the club to pay over the odds and risk harming what has so far looked like a shrewd approach in the transfer market.
Nonetheless, the Uruguay international is still only 22 years of age, and so there may be an opportunity for the Magpies in the future, when trophies and Champions League football will hopefully be on the agenda.
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