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Report: Liverpool not prepared to pay mega money for 22-year-old, but they are eyeing him up as Mane's replacement

Liverpool are interested in signing Darwin Nunez as Sadio Mane’s replacement this summer.

That’s according to The Times, who claim that The Reds will put the money from Mane’s sale towards the signing of the Uruguayan.

However, although the interest is there, Liverpool reportedly won’t pursue Nunez at ‘any cost.’

It has previously been reported that Nunez could cost any team upwards of around £70m this summer. What Liverpool value the 22-year-old at is yet to be disclosed.

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Meanwhile, any deal will be dependent on Bayern Munich upping their offer for Mane. The Times claim that Liverpool have rejected outright Bayern’s opening bid of £21m with £4m in add-ons.

Plenty of interest in Nunez

Liverpool’s interest in Nunez was surely piqued by his performances against them in last season’s Champions League.

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It was claimed The Reds were already monitoring the forward prior to the quarter-final tie in April. But after two goals in the two games and a couple of eye-catching all-round performances, his stock rose ever further. Jurgen Klopp was certainly impressed, anyway.

Not that he was exactly going under the radar. Nunez bagged 34 goals in 41 games last season as he announced himself as one of Europe’s hottest properties.

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With Benfica reportedly willing to get a deal done early in the window, he’s an attractive option for a number of clubs.

One of which appears to be Manchester United. Although United might be able to throw more money at the striker than Liverpool, Nunez reportedly wants to play Champions League football.

That’s something that won’t be on the menu at Old Trafford next season. At Liverpool, it certainly will be.

Mane rocking the boat

At this stage it looks as though The Reds’ interest is based on having a clear run at the player, without getting involved in an auction.

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Whether or not that will be the case remains to be seen. It will also depend on whether Bayern come back with a more reasonable offer for Mane.

It was an underwhelming first offer from the German champions. But with Mane speaking publicly about a move away from Liverpool, they may be forced to accept a lower offer than initially hoped.

Plenty to sort out for Liverpool over the coming months. It looks like being a busier window than we’ve seen for some time at Anfield.

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