Merseyside giants Liverpool Football Club are reportedly close to the signing of Benfica attacker Darwin Nunez, with the deal ‘practically sealed’.
The 22-year-old Uruguayan is one of Europe’s hottest new talents after a breath-taking season which saw him bang in 34 goals in 41 games for the Portuguese outfit, and the Reds are now close to sealing his acquisition as they look to bolster and refresh their forward line.
Nunez has emerged as the Reds’ main transfer target, as the club look to the future without Sadio Mane who is seeking an exit, while Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Brazilian Roberto Firmino both have one year left on their contracts and will become free agents next summer.
Portuguese media outlet A Bola claims the switch is more or less a done deal, saying it is ‘practically sealed’ – with Liverpool paying £68 million pounds initially, with the fee potentially rising to £85 million pounds with add-ons.
The £85 million pounds transfer would be a new club-record for Liverpool, eclipsing the £75 million pounds they paid for Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton way back in 2017.
The report also stated that Nunez has also agreed to the move, with the player currently on international duty with Uruguay but having ‘already said yes’ to playing for Reds gaffer Jurgen Klopp.