Liverpool agree €75m deal for Benfica striker Nunez

13 Jun 2022 | 08:57 | Football

Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez. Photo: AFP FILE


Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez. Photo: AFP FILE

Liverpool have reached an agreement with Benfica to buy Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez for an initial €75m (£64m), the Portuguese club said on Monday.

Benfica says the transfer could eventually rise to €100m, eclipsing the club’s record £75m paid to Southampton for Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk in 2018.

Nunez scored 26 goals in 28 league appearances last season in Portugal.

The 22-year-old, who was dropped from the Uruguay squad in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Panama, is expected to begin a medical on Monday and could take two days to complete.

Personal terms are not expected to be problematic, with the player having expressed a desire to play for Reds manager Jurgen Klopp despite interest from Manchester United.

Nunez is set to sign a six-year contract with Liverpool, Premier League and Champions League runners-up, they have been negotiating with Benfica for several weeks.

He scored in both legs in Benfica’s Champions League quarter-final loss to Liverpool in April, earning praise from Klopp.

Nunez is likely to come to Anfield to directly replace Sadio Mane after Bayern Munich increased their pursuit of the Senegal striker.

Liverpool have turned down two offers from the Bundesliga champions and are keeping a fee of more than £40m for Mane, who has a year left on his contract.