Darwin Nuñez is set to miss Uruguay’s game against Panama later today as he travels to England to complete his switch to Liverpool, according to reports.
The 22-year-old will join the Reds for an initial £68.5 million, in a deal which could rise up to as much as £85 million. Jürgen Klopp has been on the hunt for a new forward with Sadio Mané set to depart this summer, and it would appear that he has found his man.
Nuñez possesses an intriguing profile and Liverpool fans are enticed by the thought of him lining up alongside the likes of Mo Salah, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, and Roberto Firmino. The Uruguay international can play both as a centre-forward and in the inside-left forward position Sadio Mané used to operate in.
Many of Europe’s elite have taken note of Nuñez’s spectacular 2021/22 season with Benfica. Nuñez bagged 32 goals across 38 Primeira Liga and Champions League games and has been established as one of the continent’s most feared forwards. Manchester United and Arsenal also reportedly held an interest in the player.
Nuñez’s impending move to Liverpool will likely cause the beginning of a series of transfers to be completed over the coming weeks. Sadio Mané will in all likelihood join Bayern Munich, enabling their current talisman Robert Lewandowski to make a move to Barcelona if the Catalonian club can sort out their financial problems. Serge Gnabry could also leave Bayern off the back of the potential Mané signing.
The signing of Nuñez elucidates Liverpool’s intent to keep up with the ever-improving Manchester City next season. Pep Guardiola’s side have all but completed the acquisition of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. It is interesting that both Liverpool and City have opted to sign a more physical profile of forward this summer to the type they have favoured in the past.
If all goes to plan, one suspects Nuñez will officially be a Liverpool player in just a few days. A brave move by the Reds.
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