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Ranking Liverpool's signings from Portuguese clubs amid Darwin Nunez interest

Liverpool are prepared to smash their transfer record to sign much-coveted Benfica star Darwin Nunez this summer.

That’s according to Portuguese outlet Record, who report that Jurgen Klopp’s side have made an offer of around £85m to sign the Uruguayan striker.

However, the Telegraph report that Liverpool have yet to make an official bid for Nunez – who is also being courted by the likes of Manchester United.

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Liverpool’s current transfer record was the £75m spent to bring Virgil van Dijk to Anfield from Southampton in January 2018.

With Sadio Mane looking set for a switch to Bayern Munich, despite Liverpool rejecting a second £30m bid from the Bavarians, it looks like Nunez has been earmarked as the man to fill the void left by the great Senegalese.

Nunez, who was Liga Portugal’s top scorer this season, scored 34 goals across all competitions this campaign.

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The 22-year-old scored six goals in Benfica’s Champions League run, two of which came against Liverpool in the quarter-finals.

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Signing one of the hottest talents across Europe this summer would be a massive statement of intent from Klopp’s men.

With that in mind, Rousing The Kop ranks Liverpool’s previous four signings from Portuguese clubs.

Ranking Liverpool’s signings from Portuguese clubs

4 – Tiago Ilori

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On the last day of the 2013 summer transfer window, Liverpool spent £7m to bring Ilori in from Sporting Lisbon on the same day that Mamadou Sakho was signed from Paris Saint Germain.

Ilori arrived as a 20-year-old who had represented Portugal at youth level but was still eligible to play for England because he was born in London.

During a three-and-a-half spell as a Liverpool player, which included loan spells at Granada, Bordeaux and Aston Villa, Ilori joined Reading on a permanent deal in January 2017 after making just three first-team appearances for Liverpool, all of which came in the FA Cup.

The centre-back played 64 times for the Royals before moving back to Sporting Lisbon in January 2019. After a spell on loan at Ligue 1 side Lorient last season, the 29-year-old spent this season on loan at Boavista.

3 – Lazar Markovic

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After a solitary season with Benfica which brought seven goals and five assists from 49 matches, Liverpool spent £20m to sign the Serbian winger in July 2014.

But Markovic didn’t live up to the hype at Anfield and after one season at Merseyside loan moves to Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City and Anderlecht followed.

Markovic failed to shine in any of those loan moves and he joined Fulham on a free transfer in January 2019, but he made just one appearance for the Cottagers.

Following his brief spell at Craven Cottage, Markovic returned to the club where his professional started – Partizan Belgrade.

The 28-year-old hasn’t been capped for his country since November 2016. He scored three goals from 34 appearances for Liverpool and he proved to be a massive disappointment.

2 – Raúl Meireles

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With Javier Mascherano heading for Barcelona, the combative Portuguese was signed knowing that he had the difficult and unenviable task of filling the big hole the classy Argentine left behind.

Liverpool signed Meireles for £11.5m from Porto in August 2010 and the midfielder featured regularly in his only full campaign with the club.

The 76-time Portuguese international played 44 times for Liverpool, scoring five goals and providing six assists.

A year later and Meireles had signed for Chelsea and he went on to win the Champions League and FA Cup – with the final seeing him come against Liverpool.

Meireles retired in 2016 following four years with Fenerbahce.

1 – Luis Diaz

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Undoubtedly out on his own at the top of the rankings despite being at the club less than six months, Diaz has been a revelation since arriving in England.

Having previously been linked with a move to Tottenham, Liverpool moved fast to sign the Colombian from Porto in January for an initial £37.5m.

Prior to his move, Diaz had scored 14 goals and provided five assists in 18 league appearances this season for Porto. He was going toe-to-toe with Nunez for the golden boot.

The 25-year-old made 26 appearances for Liverpool during the second half of the campaign, scoring six goals and laying on five assists.

Diaz got his hands on the League Cup and FA Cup. With uncertainty surrounding the futures of Mane and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool have another gem in their ranks and seemingly a ready made superstar in Diaz.

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