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'Liverpool are planning': Fabrizio Romano outlines the Reds' strategy to sign Darwin Nunez this summer

Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool have a plan in place to sign Darwin Nunez. The Benfica striker won’t come cheap.

Fabrizio Romano believes Liverpool plan to sign Darwin Nunez this summer. In fact, they’re getting ready to approach Benfica imminently.

“Liverpool are planning to prepare an opening, verbal bid for Darwin Núñez to test water with Benfica,” he wrote on Twitter. “Proposal could be around €80m with add-ons. Manchester United also in contact with Núñez’s agent.

“Both clubs guarantee they have no intention to enter into bidding war.”

This comes after several reports that Liverpool do want to sign Nunez. The Athletic and the Daily Mail both say similar today.

Liverpool plan to sign Darwin Nunez

This was is firmly gathering pace and we’re starting to get excited here. The hype around Nunez is consistently growing – and for good reason – and it appears that Liverpool are ready to buy into it.

Sadio Mané’s potential and expected departure certainly creates a void in the squad. Liverpool need to fill it and in Nunez, they’d have a player who plays similar positions while offering something completely different.

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In a lot of ways, Nunez would fill two voids – those left by Mané and Divock Origi. He’s a tall, physical player who scores goals and offers a versatile threat. It’s easy to see how Liverpool could use that.

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Let alone the fact that Nunez doesn’t even turn 23 until the end of this month. He’d arrive as the youngest of Liverpool’s forwards, reducing their average age considerably.

And so the big question is – can Liverpool justify £85m on Nunez? It would be their record transfer and that does seem like a lot of money for a relatively unproven player. The Primeira Liga isn’t considered one of the world’s top five leagues, so is a player shining there worth such a fee?

Luis Diaz’s performances would suggest that’s nothing to worry about, as would Diaz’s efforts in the Champions League. The next few weeks will tell us if Liverpool see it that way, too.

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