Liverpool near a transfer for Darwin Nunez, according to reports. It’s one that will see them replace more than Sadio Mané.
All signs now point to Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez this summer for what could be a record fee. Fabrizio Romano claims Benfica now have an official offer from the Reds for around £85m.
He’s not the only one saying that, either. CMJornal in Portugal believe Benfica are considering the offer, too – and that the player is eager to join Liverpool.
And that sounds good to us. Nunez is a very exciting talent and still only 22 (for the next two weeks, at least). Liverpool will get a wonderful player and one who could become a true star over the coming years.
More importantly, he’d be an incoming forward as rumours continue to swirl that Sadio Mané will depart the club. As the Athletic explains, Bayern Munich’s opening offer wasn’t exactly strong but they’re expected to return with a better one. Mané’s in the final year of his contract, wishes to leave, and Liverpool would accept the right offer.
Thus signing Nunez makes a lot of sense. However, he wouldn’t just be replacing Mané.
Liverpool move towards Darwin Nunez transfer
Liverpool need to replace Mané, of course. He’s coming off a world-class season where he was the team’s best player for large periods. And Nunez can do that – he’s competent both on the left-wing and centrally, while he also offers goals.
But Liverpool also need to consider replacing Divock Origi this summer. While didn’t play anything close to the minutes Mané did last season – or in any season under Jurgen Klopp, in fact – he still offers something unique in the squad.
Origi is the physical option and the player who can get in the box to occupy defenders. He’s a target, a player who can operate with his back to goal, and simply a different kind of player to everyone else. Being able to change the style by throwing Origi on is a tactic Klopp would miss.
But Nunez can fill that void. He’s a taller, more physical option than anyone else Liverpool have up top. He can play the poaching role that Origi has as Nunez scores a fantastic percentage of his shots.
So the Uruguayan is more than just a Mané replacement. He’s an Origi sequel, too.