Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Benfica striker Darwin Nunez over a potential move to Anfield.
However, sources indicate that no agreement between the two clubs has yet been reached, and that Liverpool would have to break their transfer record to secure the deal.
It’s understood that the Portuguese giants are demanding a fee in the region of €100 million (£85.5 million) for Nunez, and will not budge on this price tag.
Discussions over the structure of the deal have been ongoing, with Benfica wanting at least €80 million upfront, with an additional €20 million in performance related add-ons. Despite Jurgen Klopp being a huge admirer of the 22-year-old, he may be reluctant to splash out such an excessive amount on one player.
With Sadio Mane on the verge of a switch to Bayern Munich, Liverpool are in the hunt for a forward to replace the Senegalese star. Nunez has been identified as a potential option and the club have been monitoring his situation for months.
Klopp believes the Uruguayan would perfectly suit his system, with his ability to play out wide and down the middle integral to the German’s fluid style of play.
Nunez burst onto the scene in the 2021/22 campaign, scoring 34 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for Benfica, including six in the Champions League. He has also broken onto the international scene, making 11 caps for Uruguay.
This electric season has sparked interest from a host of European clubs, including Liverpool’s North West rivals, Manchester United. Despite the Reds now clearly being the frontrunners for his signature, there is still a long way to go to complete the deal.
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