Darwin Nunez: Liverpool consider bid for Benfica striker with Manchester United also interested | Soccer News

Liverpool are considering making a bid for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, who is valued by the Portuguese club at €100m (£85.5m).

The Uruguay international scored 34 times for Benfica last season in all competitions, including goals in both matches of the club’s Champions League quarter-final loss to Liverpool in April.

No offer has been made by Jurgen Klopp’s side for Nunez, but Manchester United are also admirers of the 22-year-old.

Liverpool, however, are not ready to enter a bidding war for the striker and will not pay the odds for the player.

Nunez is also one of several forwards Liverpool are considering this summer, with the future of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in doubt.

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Nunez celebrates Benfica’s goal at Anfield

Mane is wanted by German champions Bayern Munich after the Senegal striker refused to commit to Liverpool beyond next season.

The 30-year-old has one year left on his contract and joked that the majority of Senegalese want him to leave Anfield.

Salah also has a year left on his contract with Liverpool, but announced before the Champions League final loss to Real Madrid last month that he would stay on Merseyside for at least one more season.

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What positions are Liverpool targeting this summer?

Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor:

Liverpool will look to strengthen their line ahead of this season. The fact that they even spoke to Kylian Mbappe shows how determined they are to add quality up top.

It makes sense with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino entering the final year of their contracts while the potential departure of Sadio Mane, who also has a year left on his contract, and Divock Origi having already decided to leave, make reinforcements in this area a priority. If Mane is to leave, Liverpool will only be looking to do business for more than the €30m that have been quoted and they would want a replacement sorted before allowing him to leave.

With Fabio Carvalho due to officially start his Liverpool career on July 1, any further midfield overhaul could hinge on the future of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino. Oxlade Chamberlain has made 29 appearances in a 63-game season and hasn’t played since the FA Cup win over Forest in March, while Minamino has made just 24 appearances and both could be looking for opportunities more regular in the first team. Oxlade Chamberlain is another player with just one year left on his contract.

Strengthening the backline doesn’t appear to be a priority, with Ibrahima Konate giving Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk another option while Joe Gomez is able to cover at right-back and centre-back.

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