Liverpool have completed the signing of Uruguay and Benfica striker Darwin Nunez for an initial fee of 75m euros (£64m). The fee which is proposed to rise to £85m with performance related add-ons, includes winning the Champions league.
This would surpass Liverpool’s club record fee of £75m which they paid for signing Netherlands defender,
Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton in 2018.
Nunez, who was Primeira Liga’s top scorer netted 34 times and had 4 assists in 41appearances in all competitions last season for Benfica. He then netted 26 times in 28 league appearances for the club helping them to a third place finish in their league. He also scored in both legs of their Champions league quarter finals defeat to Liverpool in April. This made him a close watch for Liverpool.
Liverpool’s new signing has expressed his delight in signing for the club. He says it is a massive club where he would love to win trophies. ” Nunez said, “After winning some trophies, you can picture yourself winning more trophies, and eventually you will see all of your trophies on display.”
Liverpool won the English FA cup and Carabao cup with both victories coming against Chelsea after penalty shoot-outs. Unfortunately, they were unable to clinch the quadruple as they ran out runners up in both the Premier league and Champions league.
Nunez who was not included in the Uruguay squad during their friendly match against Panama where they won 5-0 on Saturday, was said to undergo his medical on Monday. He participated in 11 matches with his country.
Liverpool who beat off competition from other clubs like Manchester United and Newcastle have offered the 22 year old striker, a six year contract at the club which will run till 2028. As the season begins the new signing will definitely be one to watch out for when the new season begins.
The striker is tipped to earn around £140,000 per week. This amount is in the region of what Luiz Diaz and Diogo Jota earn at the club. But the big boys like Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino earn much higher.
Darwin Nunez has chosen to adorn the Jersey number 27 during his games for Liverpool. This was previously worn by Divock Origi, but was left vacant as he left the club on a free transfer. However reports have linked him with a move to AC Milan.
The Uruguayan striker after completing his 75 million euros move to Liverpool becomes only the third Uruguayan player to be signed by the Reds. The others being Luiz Suarez and Sebastian Coates.
Liverpool’s latest addition of Darwin Nunez would help strengthen the club’s current squad. The Reds would look to challenge close competitors Manchester City for titles and trophies. The citizens who have also strengthened their squad with the addition of Norwegian striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern had two of their previous bids rejected by Liverpool who would be looking to let go of the forward for the right fee with reports saying; Liverpool are looking for a fee of around £40 million
Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane who has one year left in his contract and with his future uncertain, has been attracting interests from German giants Bayern Munich. A replacement is needed if eventually he leaves the Reds. The Uruguayan striker could be a good replacement as he is a young striker with good pace.
He could settle down quickly at the club as the Reds possess great quality in their squad which could reduce the pressure on the new signing.
Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp has not failed to shower praises on the young striker as he called him a wonderful footballer with great potential. The German also added: ” He can set a tempo, he brings energy,
he can threaten space from wide and center areas. He is aggressive and dynamic with his movements.
” Jurgen Klopp has also indicated that their latest signing is a work-in-progress and might take time for his talents to be nurtured at the club and grow.
Liverpool fans will be very happy and pleased with the new face at Anfield and would hope he can deliver some great stuffs in the coming seasons.
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