Liverpool have reached an oral settlement to purchase Darwin Nunez from Benfica and are making ready paperwork to compete with the deal. They’re assured to pay 80 million euros (68.3 million kilos) for the attacker and one other 20 million euros in allowances, which implies that the Uruguayan can change into their document.
Virgil van Dyck’s £ 75 million charge is the most important quantity paid by Liverpool, who’ve resolutely acted via Nunez, regardless of curiosity from Manchester United. Nunez was Portugal’s prime scorer within the 2021-2022 season, scoring 26 targets within the league and scoring a complete of 34, together with two in opposition to Liverpool within the Champions League.
The 22-year-old is able to signal a five-year contract and change into the second South American to be purchased by Jurgen Klopp in 5 months to resume his assault. Luis Diaz got here from one other Portuguese membership, Porto, for the preliminary 40 million euros, which rose to 60 million euros, and the Colombian made an instantaneous impression.
If the settlement with Nunez is accomplished as anticipated, it can improve the chance that Sadio Mane will wish to be a part of Munich’s Bavaria. Liverpool have rejected two provides from Bayern, the second price as much as 30 million kilos, however negotiations are ongoing. Liverpool need greater than 40 million kilos for Manet, who’s 30 years previous, and his contract stays for one yr.
Nunez has been with Benfica since September 2020, scoring 48 targets in 85 video games. He beforehand labored for Almeria, which owns 20% of Benfica’s income, given his switch of 24 million euros from the Spanish membership, for which he signed a contract with Peñarol in his homeland.
Mohamed Salah, who turns 30 on Wednesday, stated he would keep in Liverpool for the ultimate yr of his contract. Since Roberto Firmino is already 30, the improve course of that Klopp is finishing up in his entrance line is comprehensible. Diogo Hoti and Diaz are 25, and Nunez will convey much more youth.
In the meantime, Chelsea are competing with Actual Madrid for the acquisition of goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from the Chicago Fireplace. A young for an 18-year-old footballer was rejected in Madrid final week, and Chelsea are hoping to make a deal after being near her in February.
Slonina is a US nationwide participant underneath the age of 20 and final month declined a name from Poland, which he additionally has the proper to signify. In August 2021, he grew to become the youngest beginning goalkeeper within the historical past of MLS, when he made his debut in Chicago.