Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez has agreed on everything with Liverpool. He will land in the UK today and sign a six-year contract worth €100m.
Nunez will become the most expensive Liverpool footballer of all time after Virgil van Dijk, for who Jurgen Klopp paid 84 million euros in the summer of 2018.
The fee for Nunez is €80m (£68m) plus €20m (£17m) extra in add-ons. He has ‘already signed’ his five-year contract.
The Uruguayan should fill the hole in the attack created by the departure of Sadi Mane. Nunez has yet to undergo a medical examination and the transfer could be officially confirmed very soon.
The 22-year-old Nunez enjoyed a fantastic season with Benfica during the 2021/22 campaign. He netted 34 goals in 41 appearances for them across all competitions.
He’ll most likely be on less than half the wages Mane was asking for. Which over the course of a five-year contract could save them all of that extra £40m. On top of that, it doesn’t break the wage structure.
Looking at it that way, replacing a 30-year-old with a 22-year-old whilst keeping your financial house in order is a bloody good win for Liverpool.
Nunez is not the Reds’ only piece of transfer business that looks close to the finish line, with Aberdeen right-back Calvin Ramsay edging closer to his Anfield switch for an expected fee of £4 million.
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