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Report: Liverpool will only pay the full £85m for Darwin Nunez under one condition, as add-on details emerge

Liverpool’s add-on details have emerged as they look to strike a deal with Benfica over the sale of Darwin Nunez.

According to A Bola this morning, Liverpool will pay a ‘fixed’ fee of around £65m for Nunez. As was widely reported yesterday, the remaining £17m to meet the £85m asking price will be paid through what A Bola describe as ‘variables.’

The Portuguese outlet claim that these variables will be solely based on ‘number of games played’ by Nunez at Liverpool.

The report also states that Nunez has already said ‘yes’ to the move to Liverpool.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – 2022/04/17: Darwin Nunez from Benfica (L) and Nuno Santos from Sporting (R) seen in action during the Liga Bwin football match between Sporting and Benfica at Estadio Jose Alvalade. Final score: Sporting 0:2 Benfica. (Photo by Bruno de Carvalho/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Add-on’s shrouded in mystery

Add-on’s can be a funny thing in football. The fees are often reported at the time of a transfer taking place, but are rarely followed up as they come into play.

It’s also quite usual that details of the add-on’s are decidedly vague. ‘Performance-related fees’ could really mean anything.

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Usually only when the parameters of the fees are farcical are they released. Take Bayern Munich’s latest offer for Sadio Mane for example.

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It was reported that the German Champions were offering an additional £6.5m worth off add-on’s to their £23.5m bid. Those extra payments were based on them winning a hat-trick of Champions League and Mane winning three consecutive Ballon d’Or’s. Farcical.

As far as Liverpool’s variables are concerned, ‘number of games played’ is obviously vague too. However, with this potentially being set fees for reaching certain milestone appearances, it sounds much more achievable.

Perhaps further details will emerge, perhaps they won’t. Either way, it looks as though Nunez will become the club’s official record signing should the deal go through.

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