Liverpool are expected to make a huge show of intent by confirming Darwin Nunez’s signing soon.
The arrival of Darwin Nunez is set to be revealed as the Reds’ second acquisition of the summer, following the arrival of Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho.
Benfica and Liverpool are said to have agreed on an £85 million deal for the Uruguay striker.
Liverpool will pay an initial €75 million (£64 million) to Benfica, plus €25 million in add-ons, according to Benfica, who confirmed the agreement in the early hours of Monday morning.
Nunez, a 22-year-old Uruguay international, scored 34 times for Benfica last season in all competitions.
When this transaction is completed, it will surpass Liverpool’s previous transfer record of £75 million for Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January 2018.
The recruitment of a forward has become a priority at Anfield, with Sadio Mane poised to leave for Bayern Munich soon.
Nunez scored 26 goals and assisted four times for Benfica last season, but his impressive goal-scoring numbers will come as no surprise to former Liverpool star Suarez.
Luis Suarez has confirmed that a new Liverpool signing is on the way. Adding that since he was a teenager, Darwin Nunez has shown tremendous promise.
He informed Gerard Romero on Twitch, “I proposed Darwin to Barcelona when he was at Almeria. I’ve worked in five continents over the past 15 years. I have some experience with forwards.
I advised them to pay attention to this one; he’s quite talented and does intriguing stuff. They said he was in Almeria and that he was too young to be there.” He explained.
“Instead of spending €80, €90, or €100 million now, they would have spent €15, €20 million and had him there as a substitute.”
Of course, Nunez might not have developed into the striker he is now if he had joined Barcelona as a youngster.
Given the financial circumstances at the Camp Nou, however, the club may not regret following Suarez’s suggestion, since they may have now been able to cash in.
Nunez is expected to sign a six-year contract with Merseyside, demonstrating that Klopp sees him as a long-term possibility.
The club is likely to lose Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah next summer, and Nunez’s contract length implies that the club is no longer ready to take chances.
Manchester United and Atletico Madrid were also interested in signing the 22-year-old, but there was never a bidding battle since the youngster was always ready to join Liverpool.
The Times held that Klopp and Virgil Van Dijk both played “significant roles” in encouraging Nunez to sign, with the pair meeting with the attacker in April during Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final match against Benfica.
Nunez may have benefited from Van Dijk’s talk, as well as the fact that he mentioned him in his list of hardest opponents earlier this season.
“I’ve played against Sergio Aguero, who was clearly great,” the former Southampton defender stated ahead of the Champions League final.
“In my opinion, Lionel Messi is the finest player in the history of football. Kylian Mbappe is unique, swift… Erling Haaland, also Darwin Nunez.
He’s comparable in appearance, being direct and swift as well as towering and powerful. It’s quite challenging to compete with men like those.”
It will be interesting to see how Nunez adjusts to life in the Premier League and whether he can continue his rapid rise through the ranks in England.
And also help the club reclaim the Premier League title and overtake Manchester City, who will be hoping that their signing of Erling Haaland will prevent this.