Liverpool is reported to have intensified their pursuit of Benfica and Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez. according to the Athletics, Liverpool has agreed on personal terms with Nunez for a 5 years deal and will pay Benfica €80 million-plus a €20 million add-on.
Benfica paid €24 million for Darwin Nunez from Almeria from the second division of Spain. Benfica’s investment in Darwin Nunez seems to have paid off as the 22 years old has grown to be one of the sought-after Strikers in Europe.
Darwin Nunez officially announced himself to European Elite Clubs last season in the Champions League helping Benfica reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League and scoring 34 goals in 41 appearances for Benfica including 6 goals in 11 Champions League appearances.
Chris Sutton believes Darwin Nunez is the Icing on the cake because of the way Liverpool plays and his ability in the Air will be useful for Liverpool.
What did Chris Sutton say about Darwin Nunez?
Chris Sutton wrote in Daily Mail Column saying: “Having had the pleasure of seeing this forward in the flesh a few times, it’s his aerial ability that has impressed me.
“At 6ft 2in and 80kg (12th 8lb) he’s a handful for any defender, and it was his headed goal against Ajax that sent Benfica through to the Champions League quarter-finals. That could be a useful addition for Liverpool up top.
“Nobody produced more crosses than Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Premier League last season, and Andy Robertson wasn’t far behind his pal.
“Against sides that defend deep — and plenty try that tactic when going to Anfield — you need someone challenging for those balls coming into the box.
“When Liverpool drew 1-1 with Tottenham last month, they crossed the ball 46 times — the most of any side in a single match during the 2021-22 campaign — and 46 times it wasn’t headed beyond Hugo Lloris.
“As a result, Liverpool dropped two points. How costly that proved. They finished one point behind Premier League champions Manchester City. They lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid as they were unable to beat Thibaut Courtois.
“They won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup but didn’t score in either of those finals against Chelsea, instead of relying on penalty shootouts to prevail.
“If Nunez can come in and give Liverpool that edge in those scenarios, then Jurgen Klopp will consider him worth his hefty cost.”
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