Liverpool are just days away from completing the signing of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, in a deal expected to cost €80 million, alongside €20 million in other additions.
Manchester United were in advanced negotiations with the player, but he eventually withdrew from the deal, leaving the door open for Liverpool management to sign the player.
The 22-year-old has become the talk of the town because of Manchester United and Liverpool’s interest in signing him.
Who is Darwin Nunez? Why are European clubs fighting for it?
Who is Darwin Nunez?
Nunez started his playing career from his hometown in Uruguay, most notably with the old Peñarol, who had to be placed in different age groups until he was promoted to the first team in 2018.
With his brilliant talent for the Peñarol team, the Almeria club led by Turki Al Sheikh managed to sign him in 2019 as the player’s gateway to presence in Europe, to join the Spanish team for 13 million euros.
In 2020, the player moved to Benfica for €24 million, in order to provide the Portuguese team with high standards, especially in Champions League matches, as he contributed to Barcelona’s removal from the group stage for the first time in many years.
What is Nunez’s career with Uruguay?
At the international level, the player participated in Uruguay in different age groups and played 14 matches with the youth team, scoring 4 goals to promote to the first team.
He first took part with the first team led by Oscar Tabarez on October 16, 2019, playing 11 games and scoring just two goals.
The young star helped Uruguay qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Why does Turki Al-Sheikh want Nunez to move to Liverpool?
Turki Al-Sheikh, club president from Almeria, is waiting for Liverpool’s official finalization of the Nunez deal, as the deal will revive the Spanish team’s grief.
ESPN reported in its UK edition that Almeria had included a clause in Nunez’s transfer to Benfica that would see him receive 20% of the value of his future transfer deal.
Since various sources indicate that the value of the deal could reach 100 million euros, this means that Almeria will receive 20 million euros.
Turki Al-Sheikh had posted a tweet for the 22-year-old in a Liverpool shirt, referring to the approach of the official announcement.
What is the market value of Nunez?
Nunez’s market value has risen significantly in recent years. According to Transfermarket, the player’s market value was only €1.8 million when he joined Almeria.
The market value rose to 18 million euros after signing with Benfica and continued to rise to 55 million euros.
The player is the highest in market value among Benfica players and Portuguese league clubs, and second in Uruguay after Real Madrid player Fede Valverde, and ninth among strikers in the world.
What are Darwin Nunez’s numbers and nicknames?
Nunez played with Peñarol in 22 matches and was able to score 4 goals and score one goal.
At Almeria, he took part in 32 games, scoring 16 goals and scoring 3, before moving to Benfica and playing in 84 games, scoring 47 goals.
Of these goals, he scored 6 goals in 10 matches he played with Benfica in the Champions League last season.
At the title level, he won the league in Uruguay in the 2017-2018 season and is the top scorer in the Portuguese league for the season ended with 22 goals.