Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is just one step away from joining Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk are claimed to have played a crucial role in realizing the agreement.
Liverpool will make Darwin Nunez the most expensive signing of all time for the Reds. He is said to be lined up as a replacement for Sadio Mane who is about to leave.
The Uruguayan has become a hot property in Europe after making sensational appearances in the Primeira Liga and Champions Luga last season. Many clubs are fighting for his signature.
He scored 34 goals in all competitions for Benfica last season. Sharpness that makes Manchester United tempted.
However, Darwin Nunez turned out to prefer Liverpool. What was the role of Van Dijk and Klopp in the recruitment of Nunez?
According to the Sunday Times, Klopp and Van Dijk played an important role by speaking to Nunez during Liverpool’s match against Liverpool in the 2021/2023 Champions League quarter-finals. At that time, Nunez scored in two legs of the quarter-final match.
Klopp and Van Dijk persuaded Nunez to come to Anfield. Apparently, the persuasion of the two important figures at Liverpool to make Nunez sure to ignore MU’s offer.
In public, Nunez also once said Klopp was the best coach in the world. While Van Dijk was so impressed with the striker that he included Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as the toughest strikers to face in his career.
Now there is the latest news regarding the transfer of Darwin Nunez from Benfica to Liverpool. Reportedly the two clubs have reached a final agreement.
Liverpool have also reached a personal agreement with Darwin Nunez as conveyed by Fabrizio Romano. Liverpool are said to be paying 80 million euros to Benfica with an add-on worth 20 million euros.
While Nunez will be on a long-term contract. He signed a contract that will keep him part of the Liverpool squad until 2028.
Nunez will also be scheduled to hold a medical test on Monday (12/6/2022). The test was held in England. Currently Nunez is in Spain. He will soon fly to England in the near future.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has previously praised Darwin Nunez. Klopp said the Uruguayan had huge potential in his football career.
“Very good, very good. I knew before, he played quite a lot in front of me,” said Klopp, quoted by Metro.
“Physically strong, fast, calm in finishing. Very good. If he can stay fit, there is a big career ahead of him,” said Klopp.
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