Darwin Nunez wants to join Liverpool, and the Benfica striker is the Reds’ top summer target.
Jurgen Klopp’s side has made no approach for Nunez, who is valued at €100 million (£85.5 million) by the Portuguese club.
In all competitions, the Uruguayan international scored 34 times for Benfica last season, including goals in both legs of the club’s Champions League quarter-final loss to Liverpool in April.
Manchester United are fans of the 22-year-old as well.
Liverpool, on the other hand, is not willing to join a bidding war for the striker and will not overpay for him.
Rumours of a Liverpool transfer
Nunez is also one of a number of forwards Liverpool are looking at this summer, with doubts over the futures of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but the Benfica striker is the Reds’ top target in this transfer window.
Mane is wanted by German champions Bayern Munich after the Senegal forward refused to commit to Liverpool beyond next season.
The 30-year-old has one year left on his contract and joked the majority of people in Senegal want him to leave Anfield. Salah also has one year left on his Liverpool contract but announced before last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid that he will be staying in Merseyside for at least one more season.
The view from Portugal: how good is Darwin Nunez?
Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda speaking on news: “Darwin Nunez was one of the best players this season in the Portuguese league by far. The other one was Luis Diaz who moved to Liverpool in January and that made Nunez the absolute best player.
“Benfica finished the season in third place and failed to get a direct spot in the Champions League but in 41 games, Nunez scored 34 goals and registered four assists – so you’re talking about one of the best strikers. “He’s a ‘modern football striker’ – like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe – strikers who don’t just focus on scoring goals. They focus on playing for the team and making the whole team play well. That’s why we’re talking about €100m.
“In Jurgen Klopp’s hands, Darwin can be of the top strikers in the world. Nowadays, he’s not one of the top strikers because he doesn’t play in the top five leagues. We have to see how he develops in the Premier League, which is one of the best leagues in the world.” The making of Darwin Nunez
Meet Darwin Nunez, the Uruguayan forward set for a big move from Benfica – and his former coaches are backing him to star in the Premier League.
“When you talk about a player like Darwin Nunez, you think about a typical number nine that plays inside the penalty area. But he can easily play out wide to break spaces for other players in the central areas if teams need him. It’s a very good deal for Liverpool, who already used the Portuguese league with Luis Diaz in a massive transfer for Liverpool which the winger completely deserved. “The biggest defect – or the less good point – about Nunez is his psychological game. In the 2020/21 season, he was not scoring many goals. He played 44 matches and only scored 14. He was criticised by the fans a little bit and the first thing he did was start suspending his social media, blocking people and not reading the comments. This proves he doesn’t deal well with critics when things start not going well. And in England, the price tag is the first thing people will talk about when he doesn’t start scoring goals.
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