A third Premier League club has made it known that they’d be ready to pay a big fee for Liverpool transfer target Darwin Nunez.
According to journalist Miguel Delaney, Newcastle United are also happy to go large on the Uruguayan striker.
Writing in his Reading The Game newsletter for The Independent, Delaney claims that Newcastle would ‘willing to spend’ on Nunez.
Unfortunately for the Magpies though, their interest is claimed to be irrelevant. That’s because the player himself simply has no interest in joining them.
Manchester United are claimed to have been ‘talking to’ Benfica about Nunez for the last month. However, United are reportedly unwilling to go as high as £85m for the 22-year-old.
Newcastle almost a threat
In big deals like this, Liverpool aren’t usually so involved in the hunting pack. It’s not that they necessarily couldn’t go so big for a player more often, more that they don’t really feel the need to.
When you’re scouting is as good as Liverpool’s there’s really no call to spend over the odds.
Still, it’s nice to know that The Reds can pull a little extra from their back pockets if needed. There aren’t too many clubs around who are able to do that.
Since their takeover last year though, Newcastle are now a club to very much be wary of in these kind of dealings.
They have money and seemingly aren’t afraid to spend it ambitiously.
Liverpool is the place to be
Of course attracting players with money is one thing. Attracting them with football is a totally different one.
From Nunez’s point of view, he seems to steadfastly want to play Champions League football, Although Newcastle may be able to offer that at some point, they can’t just now.
United too are having to settle for playing in the Europa League next season.
For all that other clubs can more routinely spend enormous fees on top players, few can match Liverpool for sporting project.
As it stands, Nunez seems to be leaning heavily towards playing for Liverpool. Let’s hope that feeling is strong enough to counteract the potentially more lucrative offers.