Mancester City would have made a move for Liverpool-bound Darwin Nunez had they failed to land Erling Haaland this summer.
That’s according to ESPN, who claim that City would have ‘considered’ a move for Nunez as an alternative to Haaland.
Instead, it’s Liverpool who are now claimed to be in ‘advanced talks’ with Benfica over the Uruguayan. No agreement has reportedly been found, but talks are said to be ‘progressing well.’
It’s claimed that the deal for Nunez is likely to be £68m with £17m in add-ons. This represents decent business for Liverpool, as Benfica were reportedly looking for closer to £110m to let their player go this summer.
The 22-year-old is said to have a release clause of around £127.5m in his contract.
Manchester United and Arsenal are also credited by ESPN as having an interest in Nunez. However, United are reportedly ‘prioritised’ the signing of a central midfielder rather than getting into a bidding war with Liverpool.
Nunez vs Haaland set to light up the Premier League
It isn’t a surprise that City were looking at Nunez as an alternative to Haaland. The two forwards have strikingly similar styles.
Both are tall and deceptively quick, with excellent finishing and dribbling ability.
Should Liverpool’s deal for Nunez be formalised and both end up playing in the Premier League, it’ll be fascinating to see who adapts better.
Haaland is the marquee signing. His swaggering attitude and relentless goalscoring led to him being one of the most coveted players around.
But Nunez looks like more of a natural fit for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp is famed for getting the best out of his players and the 22-year-old looks to have the raw tools to work with.
Indeed, his qualities were recently labelled as ‘tremendous’ by former coach at Almeria Jose Gomes in Record.
For all of Haaland’s justified hype, it looks like being Darwin who will carry the greater price-tag.
Both players are physically a little bit of a throwback to strikers we don’t see too often at top clubs anymore.
Their prospective new clubs will be expected to battle for supremacy once again next season. Perhaps we could see a mini-battle emerging amongst that between two of the most exciting young forwards around.