Darwin Núñez: Liverpool agree £85m transfer for Uruguayan striker to Benfica | Transfer Center News

Liverpool have reached an agreement for the transfer of Benfica striker Darwin Núñez for a value of up to 100 million euros (85 million pounds sterling).

The Portuguese club, which announced the deal in the early hours of Monday morning, says Liverpool will pay an initial €75m (£64m), with add-ons amounting to €25m.

Benfica’s statement read: “In the early hours of this Monday (0:44 am), Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD informed the Securities Market Commission (CMVM) that it had reached an agreement with Liverpool FC for the sale of all the rights to the player Darwin Nuñez, for an amount of 75 million euros.

“To the CMVM, Benfica’s SAD also reported that ‘the agreement provides for the payment of a variable remuneration, so that the global amount of the sale could reach the amount of 100 million euros.’

“‘It is also reported that the aforementioned agreement is subject to the signing of the player’s sports employment contract with Liverpool FC,’ it is explained in more detail in the official document.”

Once this deal goes through, it will break Liverpool’s previous transfer record, which was Virgil van Dijk’s £75m purchase of Southampton in January 2018.

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England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane says the signing of Erling Haaland from Manchester City and the imminent addition of Darwin Nunez to Liverpool will help him improve as he competes for the Premier League Golden Boot.

Liverpool’s five most expensive signings

  • Benfica’s Darwin Nunez in 2022 – £85m
  • Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in 2018 – £75m
  • Alisson from Rome in 2018 – £67m
  • Naby Keita of RB Leipzig in 2018 – £52.75m
  • Porto’s Luis Diaz in 2022 – £49m

The transfer is subject to the 22-year-old Uruguayan international agreeing personal terms with Liverpool and completing a medical, which is expected to take place on Monday.

Nunez, who was also of interest to Manchester United, wants to move to Liverpool and is set to sign a five-year deal.

Liverpool director of football Julian Ward was in Portugal to finalize the transfer while negotiating the structure of the deal.

Nunez scored 34 times for Benfica last season in all competitions, including goals in both games of the club’s Champions League quarter-final loss to Liverpool in April.

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Liverpool were unprepared to enter a bidding war for their number one transfer target, despite doubts about the futures of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and moved quickly to beat their rivals on the signing.

Mane is wanted by German champions Bayern Munich after the Senegalese striker refused to commit to Liverpool beyond next season.

Star Man: Darwin Núñez
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Núñez scored in both of Benfica’s Champions League quarter-final matches with Liverpool

Salah also has one year left on his contract with Liverpool, but announced before last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid that he will stay on Merseyside for at least one more season.

The view from Portugal: how good is Darwin Núñez?

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Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepúlveda speaking on Sky Sports News:

“Darwin Nunez was one of the best players this season in the Portuguese league by far. The other was Luis Diaz, who moved to Liverpool in January and that made Nunez the absolute best player.

“Benfica finished the season in third place and did not achieve a direct place in the Champions League, but in 41 games, Núñez scored 34 goals and registered four assists, so we are talking about one of the best strikers.

“He’s a ‘modern football striker’, like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, strikers who don’t just focus on scoring goals. They focus on playing for the team and making the whole team play well. That’s why we’re talking about €100 meters

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Sky Sports’ Vinny O’Connor has reports on the progress of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez’s transfer to Liverpool after the two sides agreed a fee of around €75m.

“Núñez’s biggest flaw -or the least good point- is his psychological game. In the 2020/21 season he wasn’t scoring many goals. He played 44 games and only scored 14. He was criticized a bit by the fans, and the first thing that What he did was suspend his social media, block people and not read comments. This shows that he doesn’t deal well with criticism when things start to go wrong. And in England, price is the first thing people will talk about when they’re not start scoring goals.

“When you talk about a player like Darwin Nunez, you think of a typical number nine who plays inside the penalty area. But he can easily play outside to open up spaces for other players in central areas if teams need him. It’s a very good business for Liverpool, who already used the Portuguese league with Luis Diaz in a massive transfer to Liverpool that the winger fully deserved.

“In Jurgen Klopp’s hands, Darwin may be one of the best strikers in the world. Today, he’s not one of the best strikers because he doesn’t play in the top five leagues. We have to see how he develops in the Premier League.” which is one of the best leagues in the world.

What does Núñez have to do for the agreement to reach 100 million euros?

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Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam provides more background on Liverpool’s £85m signing from Benfica, Darwin Nunez, who was described by former team-mate Adel Taarabt as “a mix of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez”. .

When Núñez signed for Benfica from Almería for €24 million, he became the most expensive player to leave La Liga 2 and also the most expensive signing in Benfica’s history.

The Spaniards receive 20 per cent of any transfer profit above £20m, meaning they are due a £8.8m reduction from the initial £64m fee they Liverpool pays.

Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepúlveda:

“Manchester United’s offer was bigger than Liverpool’s, but Jurgen Klopp’s project – playing in the Champions League – was very decisive. We are talking about a big transfer that is a record for Liverpool, but we are talking about someone that has a lot of potential

“One day he could be the best striker in the world. He scores goals but he has always been someone who makes the team better. If you look at Darwin Núñez’s games with Benfica, he plays inside the box but when he’s deployed on the wings, he’s perfectly capable of playing there as well.

“Benfica is happy with the fee, as it is one that could reach 100 million euros. 75 million euros is set with 25 million euros depending on the add-ons.

“The first €5 million is easy to come by depending on the number of games, €10 million depends on the titles the player wins at Liverpool and the number of goals he scores. The last €10m is more difficult and is based on Liverpool winning. the Champions League and the Premier League in the same season.

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