Liverpool could break the club’s transfer record by targeting another Jorge Mendes client after Fabinho and Diogo Jota. And it makes no difference how much the experts value the player. João Félix’s contract value was around 70 million, and Atletico gave €127.2 million for the junior. When Jorge Mendes is involved, the craziest deals are possible, seemingly out of nowhere.
Not surprising that Milan’s Rafa Leão could end up at a new club for a hundred million euros. Also calmly reacting to rumors that Darwin Nuñez, whose market value is around €50 million, is close to a record transfer to Liverpool. Since the experienced Perez is giving just over 100 million euros for the French midfielder, the 22-year-old Uruguayan forward Darwin Nuñez could be worth as much.
We are talking about the most valuable player from outside the top 5. It is the opinion of the CIES Research Center, which considers various factors, not only soccer but also economical. It’s about a representative of South America, a Spanish-speaking soccer player. He could attract a huge audience, as the successful Luis Suarez already did at Liverpool. The forward is young, and the team that loses Mane will need goals. Jota and Firmino are helpful guys but not enough egocentrics.
Darwin Núñez was very productive all the time at Benfica, playing on the wing and in the center – 47 goals and 16 assists in 84 games. He had a great last season when he scored 26 times in 28 games in the Portuguese championship. The number of clubs hunting for young talent has increased. Manchester United and Newcastle United are both interested. These teams denied the forward by himself – he only wants to play in the Champions League. Atletico and PSG have also tracked him.
Some superstitious fans will say that it’s a good sign if a striker has a classic Spanish surname, such as Nuñez. Both Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have played effectively for Liverpool. Klopp has experience with strong forwards like Lewandowski. He is not afraid of tactical changes. “False nine” became an option as Firmino proved to be not just an attacking midfielder from Hoffenheim but a player who knows how to look around and is willing to share space in the penalty area.
Nunez will also listen to the coach because he played alongside bright attacking players in Benfica and had no problems. In case Robert’s contract with Barcelona fails, his candidacy is different from Lewandowski’s. The Uruguayan is much more expensive but also much younger.
Darwin dribbles against the weaker opponents, ready to work from the deep field, shifting to the right flank. Núñez is cunning, loves to hit without preparing, sees his teammates, and shares the ball in the final third of the field. It’s early to compare him to Suarez, but the Benfica striker is quick and growing.
Klopp, it seems, is enough to take his chances. But for Liverpool, overpaying for a striker is not a good sign. They were too generous when they picked up Benteke and Carroll and ended up with holes in the bagel. Sure, Suarez and Torres didn’t come for free, but they were given less. And the deal amounts themselves didn’t seem too high. If Liverpool gets Darwin Nuñez for 80 million euros, it will be a great deal. If for a hundred, the risks are higher.