Liverpool “interested in £ 68 million Benfica star Darwin Nunez” and Jurgen Klopp’s side have joined Manchester United in a race for a deadly Uruguayan striker “but not everywhere”
- Darwin Nunez scored in both games against Liverpool in the Champions League
- Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of the striker and the Reds are interested in him
- Manchester United have been aiming forward but are facing stiff competition
- Liverpool will not break a bank for Nunez but are under pressure to sign a forward
Liverpool “is interested in Benfica star Darwin Nunez” but will not pay over the odds for the deadly striker.
According to the Times, Liverpool hold a concrete interest in Nunez but “not at any cost”. He is understood to be valued at around £ 68 million and is leaning towards teams playing Champions League football.
Liverpool are reportedly planning a move for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez this summer
Nunez scored against Liverpool in both games against the Reds in the Champions League
Klopp spoke of his admiration for Nunez before Liverpool played for Benfica in April
The 22-year-old is widely expected to leave Benfica when the transfer window opens and the Portuguese side hope to start a bidding war for his signing.
Nunez has been one of Europe’s leading stars this season, scoring a stunning 34 goals in 40 appearances.
Liverpool understand that there is value to be found in Portugal by signing Luis Diaz from Porto in January.
Newcastle also holds an interest in Nunez but faces an upward struggle to convince him that St James’ Park should be his next destination. The Magpies are also approaching a move for £ 34 million Hugo Ekitike, which would seem less likely to another money striker.
Nunez was productive last season and is on the radar of some of Europe’s major sides
He would be Marquis signing for Erik ten Hag’s revolution at United, but the Dutchman will be worried about Liverpool’s presence in the race to sign him.
The huge number of United players leaving, including Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani, means that many are expected to arrive at Old Trafford.
But Cristiano Ronaldo has recently said he will stay at Old Trafford, a clear factor for Nunez to consider whether he wants regular playing time through the middle.
Liverpool clearly have the advantage over United in terms of playing in the Champions League next season and their project has more immediate trophy-winning capacity.
Erik ten Hag wants Nunez as part of his Manchester United revolution at Old Trafford
Nunez is a powerful presence ahead and has become a regular customer for his country
Klopp was full of praise for the South American when Benfica faced Liverpool in the Champions League last season and the Reds must strengthen their front line with Sadio Mane heading to the exit door.
Already in April, the German joked: ‘Extremely good-looking boy, right?
‘And a decent player, too,’ he added. ‘Really good, really good. I knew it before, of course, but he played almost in front of me with his tough fights with Ibrahima Konate.
– He was physically strong, fast, was calm around his finish. Good, really good. I always say in these situations, if he’s healthy, it’s a great career ahead of him. ‘
Nunez has jumped and tied this season compared to his last campaign.
He joined Benfica for £ 20m from Almeria and scored 14 goals in 44 matches. Obviously still learning their craft, the warm prospect, which is a physical presence beforehand could be one of the summer’s purchases.
The forward can hold the ball up and also finish well, as shown by his 34 goals last term