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Report: Liverpool scouting Darwin Nunez as he tore apart Barcelona

Liverpool want Darwin Nunez, according to reports. The Reds had scouts in attendance as he took Barcelona apart.

This comes from the Daily Star. They claim Liverpool had scouts watching Darwin Nunez last week as he took on Barcelona with Benfica.

That follows a claim from Melissa Reddy, who said the Reds were watching that game. It appears that Nunez was near the top of their list and now Liverpool hope to sign the player.

But that could be tricky. Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich all like the look of Nunez, too, but even they aren’t the major threat here.

That’s Manchester City. Not only are today’s opponents far richer than any of the other club but they also have a decent relationship with Benfica. They’ve signed Ederson and Ruben Dias from the club in recent seasons for large fees.

And it could take as much as £70m to convince Benfica to part with their latest star. You’ve got to think that’s a fee above what Liverpool would be prepared to pay.

Liverpool chase Darwin Nunez

Well, we wondered who Liverpool were scouting and now we appear to have an answer. Liverpool certainly will have liked what they saw.

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Nunez scored twice in the game. The second was from the spot but his first was fantastic. A brilliantly-timed run brought a ball over the top that sent the 22-year-old wide.

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He dribbled into the Barcelona box, performed a couple of stepovers and fired inside the near post. It was a fantastic goal that definitely impressed the watching scouts.

But despite that, we can’t help but feel that £70m fee is extravagant. Nunez shone last season with 11 goals and 10 assists but it was the only real standout year of his career so far.

He’s off to a flyer in this one with six goals already – but we’ll wait until the end of the season before entertaining the idea of a £70m fee. City almost certainly have the upper hand here anyway, though.

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