Liverpool News: Darwin Nunez change “may have just been confirmed” by former club owner | Soccer | sport
Darwin Nunez’s highly anticipated move to Liverpool may have been confirmed early on by the owner of his former club Almeria. Turki Alalshikh has hit Reds fans with a social media post suggesting the Uruguayan’s announcement is imminent, just like the windfall the Spanish side are set to receive.
Liverpool’s move for Nunez has progressed rapidly over the past few days, and reports indicate that virtually every aspect of the deal has already been agreed. A Bola claims Benfica have accepted the proposed fee, which could reach £85m, and the player himself has given the green light to a move to Anfield despite being out on international duty with Uruguay.
Manchester United are said to have considered attempting a late diversion, but given the possibility of a costly bidding war and the player’s supposed preference for Champions League football, the Red Devils now appear set to back down.
And Almeria owner Turki Alalshikh suggested the deal could already be done with a social media post showing Nunez mocked up in a Liverpool kit. Alalshikh has a vested interest in the proceedings, as his side are to pocket 20% of the final costs.
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Nunez scored 16 league goals for Almeria in Spain’s second tier in 2019/20, prompting Benfica to shell out around £20m to bring him to Portugal. Alalshikh and co could be set to pocket an additional £17m on top of that based on the £85m deal announced by Liverpool.
The Uruguayan took a while to fold at Benfica but stepped up his goalscoring exploits last season when he racked up an impressive 34 goals in all competitions. Jurgen Klopp has apparently seen enough to try and break Liverpool’s transfer record, which remains the £75million paid to Southampton for Virgil van Dijk.
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Locking down one of Europe’s hottest strikers in Nunez would be a way to address Manchester City’s move to Erling Haaland, who is set to light up the Premier League next season. Klopp wasted no time in taking action to make up for Sadio Mane’s departure, with Bayern Munich set to return with an improved offer after ‘insulting’ the Reds last time out.
Mohamed Salah is entering the final year of his contract at Anfield, so the Liverpool hierarchy have clearly acted on their cue to plan accordingly. Nunez is still only 22 and Klopp has a great track record of pushing promising forwards to the next level.
And the German may have had Nunez in his sights for a while. Klopp watched the youngster up close and personal when he scored home and away against the Reds in the Champions League last season.
“I knew that before, of course, but he played pretty much ahead of me with his tough fights with Ibrahima Konaté (in the first leg),” he said at the time. “He was physically strong, fast, calm at the finish. Good, really good. I always say that in these situations, if he is healthy, a great career awaits him.”