English Premier League giants Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Uruguayan forward Darwin Nunez from Portuguese club Benfica. As reported by the Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, Nunez’s deal was confirmed yesterday as the meeting was complete in Portugal.
Now Darwin is in Spain and set to leave for his medicals tomorrow in England. Romano’s report further states that his contract is a six-year deal and lasts till 2028. The Mersey Side club is set to pay a transfer fee of €100m which is divided into an €80m fee plus €20m add-ons. This season, Nunez won the Golden Boot award in the Primera Liga with 26 goals and four assists in 28 appearances. He also netted six Champions League goals in 10 appearances.
"We have to make sure that he will not get a lot of balls,” Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on the Uruguayan forward before the Reds played Benfica in the quarter-final of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League. Klopp talked about how Nunez is the next big superstar from Uruguay after stars like Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani.
“He is a good striker! The next one from Uruguay,” Klopp told reporters. I don’t know how they play together, Cavani, Suarez and him in one team, that’s probably a challenge to put that in place. Top, top boy. And yes, the goals he scored, obviously, the one against Ajax in Amsterdam was a massive one, big one, and yes, in the group stage as well. So he’s not shy. We expect him to start tomorrow and we have to make sure that he will not get a lot of balls.”
“I recommended Darwin to Barcelona," Suarez
Similarly, Luis Suarez, a former Liverpool striker, also commended Darwin Nunez’s ability and also disclosed that he recommended Spanish club Barcelona to sign him. “I recommended Darwin to Barcelona when he was at Almeria,” the former Uruguayan striker said.
“I have 15 years of international experience. I know a thing or two about forwards. And I told them, “Pay attention to this one, he’s very good, he shows interesting things. They told me he was at Almeria and that he was too young. But instead of paying now €80m, €90m or €100m, they would’ve paid €15m or €20m and have him there as a substitute.”