Liverpool deal for Darwin Nunez is ‘practically sealed with Reds paying Benfica £68m’

Liverpool’s deal for Darwin Nunez is ‘practically sealed’ with club-record fee of ’85 million pounds, including add-ons agreed with Benfica’…

  • Liverpool closer and closer to securing Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, reports claim
  • Nunez is one of Europe’s best prospects after scoring 34 goals last season
  • The Reds have reached a £68m deal that could reach £85m

Liverpool are close to signing Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, reports claim, with the deal ‘virtually sealed’.

Nunez has emerged as the Reds’ main transfer target as the club look to the future with Sadio Mane seeking an exit, while Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will become free agents next summer.

The 22-year-old is one of Europe’s newest talents after a brilliant season that saw him score 34 goals in 41 appearances for the Portuguese side, and the Merseyside side are convinced he is the man to give the team a new boost. Portuguese team forward.

The striker became one of Jurgen Klopp's main targets

Liverpool are closing in on a £85m transfer to Darwin Nunez, with deal ‘virtually sealed’

Nunez (right) 'already said yes' to Liverpool, reports claim, as he prepares to join the front line of stars including Luis Diaz (left)

Nunez (right) ‘already said yes’ to Liverpool, reports claim, as he prepares to join the front line of stars including Luis Diaz (left)

sports mail revealed this week that Jurgen Klopp’s side had opened talks with Benfica to bring the player to Anfield amid interest from Manchester United and Atletico Madrid in an £85 million transfer that would break their transfer record.

And now Portuguese channel A Bola claims the switch is more or less a done deal, saying it’s “practically sealed” – with Liverpool paying £68m initially, with the fee potentially rising to £85m with add-ons.

Nunez also agreed to the move, the report adds, with the player currently on international duty with Uruguay but “already said yes” to playing for Klopp.

The £85m transfer would be a new record for Liverpool, surpassing the £75m they paid for defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in 2017.

Nunez would effectively be a replacement for Sadio Mané (C), who is looking for a way out

Nunez would effectively be a replacement for Sadio Mané (C), who is looking for a way out

The 22-year-old caught Jurgen Klopp's attention last season after scoring twice against Liverpool

The 22-year-old caught Jurgen Klopp’s attention last season after scoring twice against Liverpool

And Benfica won’t need to secure a replacement for Nunez before selling him to Liverpool, he says, and the club has no intention of signing a new striker at the moment.

Julian Ward, Liverpool’s new sporting director, has been leading discussions with Benfica over Nunez – who could effectively replace Sadio Mané. The Senegalese ace was the subject of a second offer from Bayern Munich totaling £30m on Wednesday and has made it clear he is looking for a new challenge.

And with Mane’s time at Anfield seemingly coming to an end, Nunez looks to be the future and would be a great declaration of intent for Liverpool’s title next season following Manchester City’s £51m deal for Erling Haaland.

Klopp appears to have beaten competition from Manchester United and Atlético for Nunez

Klopp appears to have beaten competition from Manchester United and Atlético for Nunez

Nunez’s versatility will also be a big draw for Liverpool in a front of three that was largely interchangeable. He can play either on the left or in the middle and scored six Champions League goals last season, two of which were in the quarter-finals against Liverpool.

A regular for the Uruguay national team, Nunez has played 11 games since his 2019 debut, scoring twice.

He started his career at Peñarol in his home country, before moving to Almeria in Spain’s second division. He scored 16 times there, before moving to Benfica – where he scored 48 goals in 85 matches.

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