Darwin Nunez wants to move to Liverpool and the Benfica striker is the first target for the Reds this summer.
The Uruguay international scored 34 goals with Benfica last season in all competitions, including goals in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool in April.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have made no bid for Nunez, who the Portuguese club values at €100m (£85.5m).
Manchester United are also very impressed with the 22-year-old.
But Liverpool are not ready to get into a bidding war for the striker and will not pay more than the player’s odds.
Nunez is also one of the strikers Liverpool is looking at this summer, with the future of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in doubt, but the Benfica striker is the Reds’ number one target in this transfer window.
Mane is wanted by German champions Bayern Munich after the Senegalese striker refused to commit to Liverpool after next season.
The 30-year-old has one year left on his contract and joked that the majority of people in Senegal want him to leave Anfield.
Salah has one year left on his contract with Liverpool, but he announced before last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid that he would stay on Merseyside for at least another season.
The View from Portugal: How good is Darwin Nunez?
Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda speaking on Sky Sports News:
“Darwin Nunez has been one of the best players this season in the Portuguese league by a large margin, the other being Luis Diaz who moved to Liverpool in January, making Nunez the best player ever.
“Benfica finished the season in third place and failed to get a direct place in the Champions League but in 41 games Nunez scored 34 goals and scored four assists – so you are talking about one of the best strikers.
“He’s a ‘modern footballer’ – like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe – strikers who don’t just focus on scoring goals. They focus on playing for the team and making the whole team play well. That’s why we’re talking about €100m.
“The biggest flaw – or the least good point – in Nunez is his psychological game. In the 2020/21 season, he wasn’t scoring many goals, he played 44 games and scored only 14. The first thing he did was suspend his social media accounts, block people and not read Comments.This proves that he doesn’t deal well with critics when things start to go wrong.And in England price is the first thing people will talk about when he doesn’t start scoring.
“When you talk about a player like Darwin Nunez, you think of the typical number nine who plays inside the penalty area. But he can easily play wide to break spaces for other players in the central areas if teams need him. Good bargain for Liverpool, who have already used the Portuguese league with Luis. Diaz is on a massive transfer deal for Liverpool which the winger totally deserves.
“In the hands of Jurgen Klopp, Darwin could be one of the best strikers in the world. At present, he is not one of the best strikers because he does not play in the big five leagues. We have to see how he develops in the Premier League, which is one of the best leagues in the world. .”
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What positions does Liverpool target this summer?
Sky Sports News correspondent Vinnie O’Connor:
Liverpool will look to strengthen its offensive line this season. The fact that they spoke to Kylian Mbappe shows how determined they are to add more quality to the top.
It makes sense for Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to enter the final year of their contracts, while the possible departure of Sadio Mane, who also has one year left on his deal, and given that Divock Origi has already decided to leave, reinforcements in that area make sense. priority. If Mane were to leave, Liverpool would only look to do business for a fee over the €30m that had been set and they would want to screen a replacement before letting him go.
With Fabio Carvalho set to officially start his Liverpool career on July 1, any further midfield overhaul could depend on the futures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino. Oxlade-Chamberlain made 29 appearances in his 63rd season and hasn’t played since winning the FA Cup over Forest in March, while Minamino has played only 24 and both can look for more regular first-team opportunities. Oxlade Chamberlain is another player with just one year left on his contract.
Strengthening the back line does not seem to be a priority with Ibrahima Konate providing another option for Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk while Joe Gomez is able to cover right-back and full-back.
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