Darwin Nunez is closing in on Liverpool transfer but the Reds and Benfica are still haggling over add-ons for a £68m star

DARWIN NUNEZ is one step closer to joining Liverpool from Benfica.

But there is still haggling over the structure of the deal and the final cost.

Darwin Nunez close in on a move to Liverpool


Darwin Nunez close in on a move to LiverpoolPhoto credit: AFP

SunSport revealed the Reds would pay £68m up front for the 22-year-old forward.

But while Uruguayan Nunez has reportedly agreed personal terms on a five-year deal, there is still no agreement on potential extensions.

The Portuguese club want up to a further £17m depending on appearances, goals and trophies won by the 34-goal star.

Kop owners FSG accept they may end up spending more than the club’s record £75m fee paid for Virgil van Dijk – but hope to find a compromise that keeps the total cost of Manchester United’s target to £80m at most .

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Although nothing has been signed yet, Nunez is expected to be handed a five-year deal worth at least £150,000 a week.

Nunez, who scored one goal each against Liverpool in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals, is on course to become Portugal’s most expensive export.

Manchester United, Newcastle and Atletico Madrid wanted him.

With Sadio Mane wanted by Bayern Munich, Jurgen Klopp – already a huge admirer of the frontman – decided to act quickly to ensure his capture.


And Nunez made it clear in private talks with Klopp that Anfield would be his preferred destination.

If the details of the transfer can be clarified, it will come, regardless of whether Mane moves to the Bundesliga or not.

Liverpool have so far repelled two bids from Bayern, the second being £30m plus surcharges for the Senegalese star.

Mane has just a year left of his Kop deal but his current club can still bid at least £40million for the 30-year-old star, who cost her £34million from Southampton six years ago.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have confirmed striker Divock Origi is leaving as a free agent.

The Belgium frontman spent seven years at the club and boss Klopp declared him a “legend” after scoring twice in the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona and also scoring against Tottenham in the 2019 final.

He was sacked along with goalkeeper Loris Karius, whose last appearance was in the 2018 Champions League final.

They are joined by Sheyi Ojo and former Welsh boy prodigy Ben Woodburn. Darwin Nunez is closing in on Liverpool transfer but the Reds and Benfica are still haggling over add-ons for a £68m star


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