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Liverpool ‘agree personal terms’ with Darwin Nunez as £85m move from Benfica moves closer

Liverpool agree personal terms with Darwin Nunez as Uruguayan Benfica striker’s £85million club record moves closer with the Reds replacing Bayern-bound Sadio Mane in their front line

  • Darwin Nunez’s transfer to Liverpool is reportedly one step closer
  • Reports suggest Uruguayan striker has agreed personal terms for £85million transfer
  • Jurgen Klopp has identified the Benfica man, 22, as a replacement for Sadio Mane
  • But nothing has been signed yet as the club records deal is nearing completion

Darwin Nunez has come one step closer to completing his £85 million transfer to Liverpool after personal terms were reportedly agreed between club and player.

The Reds are poised to break their transfer record by signing the 22-year-old Uruguay and Benfica striker with a deal consisting of a £68million upfront payment and at least £17million in extras.

Nunez will fill the void left by Sadio Mane’s impending departure for Bayern Munich as Jurgen Klopp evolves his team’s front lines in readiness for another assault on silverware.

Liverpool reportedly agreed on personal terms with Benfica striker Darwin Nunez

Liverpool reportedly agreed on personal terms with Benfica striker Darwin Nunez

Nunez scored 34 goals for Benfica last season, including two against Liverpool in Europe

Nunez scored 34 goals for Benfica last season, including two against Liverpool in Europe

The Athletic reported: Personal terms were agreed between Nunez and the Anfield club on Thursday, but nothing has been signed yet.

Negotiations on how the move will be structured are underway, but Portuguese newspapers have revealed that Benfica has rejected Liverpool’s initial offer of £60million plus £25million in bonuses.

However, the Portuguese club came to the negotiating table when Liverpool increased its advance to £68 million.

The £85 million total transfer fee would eclipse the £75 million Liverpool paid for defender Virgil van Dijk in 2017.

The 22-year-old was also wanted by Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Newcastle

The 22-year-old was also wanted by Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Newcastle

Nunez, who can play on the left or through the middle, scored six goals in the Champions League last season, including two in the quarter-finals against Liverpool, and impressed Klopp.

In total, Nunez scored 34 goals in all competitions for Benfica last season.

The Liverpool manager said of the 22-year-old in April: ‘A handsome lad, huh? And a decent player too! Really good, really good. Of course I already knew, but he played for me quite a bit with his tough fights with Ibrahima Konate.

Nunez is a powerful presence up front and has become a fixture for the Uruguay national team

Nunez is a powerful presence up front and has become a fixture for the Uruguay national team

Sadio Mane will leave Anfield this summer and Bayern Munich are leading the race to sign him

Sadio Mane will leave Anfield this summer and Bayern Munich are leading the race to sign him

“He was physically strong, fast, calm around his finish. Good, really good. I always say that if he’s healthy, there’s a great career ahead of him in situations like this.”

Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Newcastle were also linked with moves for Nunez this summer, but it is Klopp and Liverpool who are at the helm.

Mane, meanwhile, was the subject of a second bid from Bayern Munich, raising a total of £30 million on Wednesday.

Liverpool treated it the same as the offer they received this weekend, and immediately turned it down, feeling the offer was preposterous.

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