Liverpool have been insistent that they would not overpay for Benfica forward, Darwin Nunez, as they have other options in the event of an unsuccessful chase.
Liverpool have been informed that signing Darwin Nunez will cost £85 million.
And they’re now faced with a major issue as they consider making a serious approach for the striker who has emerged as their top target this summer.
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.
Liverpool, on the other hand, is not willing to enter into a bidding battle for the striker and would not overpay for him.
Liverpool have said that they would not engage in a bidding war with Manchester United for the Uruguayan’s services.
Benfica, on the other hand, is determined that the price will not be lowered, and after receiving inquiries from Liverpool, United, and Atletico Madrid, they have set their price for a player who has scored 36 goals this season.
Two of them came against Liverpool in the Champions League this season, where the 22-year-old scored six goals to show he can play at the highest level.
Jurgen Klopp is a great fan of the striker, and it’s evident that he’s willing to rearrange his front line to make room for Nunez, with Sadio Mane seeming increasingly set to go.
Bayern Munich are interested in signing Mane after the Senegalese forward declined to commit to Liverpool beyond next season.
The 30-year-old’s contract expires in a year, and he quipped that the majority of Senegalese fans want him to leave Anfield.
Bayern Munich are pursuing the Senegal international, and it is thought that they will make a second proposal after the English club flatly rejected their first offer.
The criteria call for a versatile young forward who can play out wide or as a center striker, and United have made additions in midfield and attack a priority this summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who will turn 38 in February, is United’s lone natural centre striker after Edinson Cavani’s departure.
United has conducted negotiations about Nunez, but no agreement has been reached, and the club does not want to get forced into a bidding battle for the player.
United’s recruiting will be overseen by football director John Murtough this summer, and while the transfer budget is uncapped, the club intends to spend within its means and has set a limit on how much they will pay for transfer targets.
Nunez can play on the left, but he prefers to play in the middle, allowing Klopp to deploy Luis Diaz on the left side and refocus the Liverpool assault.
Klopp’s team struggled to produce goals in the closing stages of a historic season, and that was never more painfully obvious than in the Champions League final, thanks to Mo Salah’s misfiring.
Despite dominating Real Madrid, they created 24 opportunities but failed to score, and Nunez would present another option with his apparent goal-scoring ability.
But, while stating that they would not go over their value, which is significantly lower, Liverpool must now decide whether to pay a club record transfer fee for the player.
Benfica has stated that its €100 million value is the only price they would accept, take it or leave it.
The Reds have stated that if the price becomes too expensive, they would walk away, but Klopp has made Nunez his top objective, and the club now faces a major dilemma.