LIVERPOOL are reportedly closer to signing striker Darwin Nunez after reaching a verbal agreement with Benfica.
Jurgen Klopp is looking to expand his attacking ranks this summer and is drawing closer to Nunez, of whom he gave an enthusiastic account when the sides met in the Champions League last season.
Nunez scored TWICE against Liverpool in both legs of the quarter-finals and saw two caught offside.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio RomanoLiverpool reached a verbal agreement with Nunez’s Benfica on Saturday morning.
Nunez’s fee including add-ons is £85.4million, breaking Liverpool’s transfer record.
However, the Times claim that Liverpool are trying to convince Benfica to accept a fee of almost £60m – but all paid for upfront rather than in installments.
Liverpool’s most expensive transfer at the moment was £76m for Virgil van Dijk, who was playing for Southampton at the time, in 2018.
The Reds are preparing the paperwork and Nunez has already agreed to a five-year deal.
Nunez scored 34 goals for Benfica in all competitions last season.
The Uruguayan has scored six goals in the Champions League, with all of those goals coming against Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Liverpool.
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Klopp said of Nunez: “Extremely handsome boy, isn’t he? And also a decent player.
“Really good, really good. I knew it beforehand, of course, but he played quite ahead of me with his tough fights with Ibrahima Konate.
“He was physically strong, fast and calm at the finish. Good, really good.
“I always say in such situations, if he’s healthy, he has a great career ahead of him.”
Nunez will reportedly miss Saturday’s Uruguay game against Panama in a bid to get the Liverpool move through the line.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5540368/liverpool-benfica-darwin-nunez-85m-deal-agreed/ Liverpool are set to seal Darwin Nunez in a £85million transfer on SUNDAY on a five-year deal as a verbal agreement has been agreed with Benfica