Liverpool agree to personal terms with Darwin Nunez

Liverpool has reached an agreement on personal terms with Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, the athlete Understood.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Liverpool are in talks with the Portuguese club and will have to break their own transfer record to sign Nunez. They are now a step closer to securing his signature.

Sources indicate that nothing has been signed with the player and that there is no agreement between the clubs. Any deal between Benfica to sell Nunez is expected to be worth around €100m (£85.5m) in total.

Discussions are believed to be continuing on the structure of the deal. Benfica is believed to want to secure around €80m with an additional €20m in performance-related add-ons that they deem realistic.

Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan of the Uruguayan striker as the club is targeting a replacement for Sadio Mane, who is expected to join Bayern Munich.

Liverpool rejected a second offer to buy Mane from the German side on Wednesday, worth 30 million pounds.

Liverpool believe Nunez, who scored 34 goals in 41 games for Benfica in 2021-22, would be a perfect fit in terms of his style and ability to play wide and through the middle.

Benfica bought Nunez from Almeria for €24m in 2020, and the Spanish club is entitled to 20 per cent of any profit if the striker moves as expected this summer.

The 22-year-old impressed Klopp and his staff when he scored against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Before the April 3-3 draw at Anfield, Klopp said: “A very beautiful boy, isn’t he? And a decent player as well. Really good. I knew before, of course, but he played against me a lot in his tough fights with Ibrahima Konate.

“He was physically strong, fast, and was calm about his end. I always say in these situations if he’s healthy, that’s a big career ahead of him.”

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