Manchester United might be out of the race for Darwin Nunez entirely. That’s if reports of a different £60m bid are correct.
As you might have heard, Liverpool want Darwin Nunez and are closing in on a deal. That’s certainly what the Athletic believes – they claim personal terms between the two are agreed.
But until it’s done, there are always concerns that someone will jump in and push Liverpool out of the way. Now, that hasn’t happened for some time but we’ve been burned before.
One team that supposedly wants to get involved is Manchester United. ESPN were one of those saying this week that Liverpool’s rivals will look to battle for the Uruguayan.
They’re a team that likes to throw money around, after all. Forcing a bidding war could benefit them and Liverpool aren’t ones to compete like that. At the very least, interest from United would give Benfica the upper hand in negotiations as they attempt to extract as much money as possible.
Manchester United and Darwin Nunez
This is why we’re reading it as good news that United are apparently bidding for Frenkie de Jong. The Guardian say a £60m bid has been rejected by the Catalonians but those negotiations will continue.
We find it hard to believe that they’d be making an offer like that while simultaneously trying to match Liverpool’s record-breaking offer for Nunez. It just doesn’t add up.
Perhaps it’s a sign that United were never truly interested, perhaps it’s them deciding he’s not worth the money, perhaps they just can’t sway him away from Anfield. No matter what, it’s good news for Liverpool in their own negotiations.
As expensive as Nunez will be, we think it’s justified – but only to a point. Liverpool won’t want to see the price soar higher than it already has. United not being involved makes that unlikely to happen.