Despite interest from several top European clubs, including Liverpool’s north-west rivals Manchester United, the Reds have managed to secure the services of Nunez, who is due to undergo his medical in Madrid today.
The Uruguayan agreed personal terms with the Merseysiders last week which meant only the fee needed to be negotiated for the deal to go through. Over the past few days, Liverpool and Benfica have been able to complete a deal worth £65m, with a range of potential additions that could take the deal up to £85m.
When the signing is made official, he will become Liverpool’s most expensive addition despite being just 22 and enjoying just one breakout season. Although this 2021/22 campaign has been electric, such a small sample could make this deal a risk.
Speaking on Youtube channel Football Daily, Thomlinson admitted his reservations about the transfer.
“They were obviously very interested in (Aurlien) Tchouameni, weren’t they,” he said. “It almost feels like the money from Tchouameni that they couldn’t spend on him has gone to Darwin Nunez now, which is weird because then you’re not signing the midfielder you were looking at. origin to take and you sign an attacker.
“I’m also very mixed on that, I said last week I wasn’t convinced Liverpool needed a physical No.9.”
Despite Nunez’s physical profile contrasting with their current set of forwards, standing 6’2 tall, he possesses similar tactical versatility to that of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, often operating from the left for Benfica as well as through the middle.
The starlet burst onto the scene in the 2021/22 campaign, scoring 34 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for Benfica, including six in the Champions League.