Liverpool believe they have won the race to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez ahead of their arch-rivals Manchester United.
Manchester United had been leading the chase for the Uruguayan midfielder as Erik ten Hag looked to restart Old Trafford, but Liverpool’s combined effort last week saw them jump to the head of the line.
Sources close to the agreement have now confirmed 90 minutes that Liverpool believes they have terminated the contract of Nunez, who scored 26 goals in 28 games for Benfica’s Primeira Liga last season and 34 in all competitions.
Nunez’s representatives already have a wide-ranging deal with Liverpool after the player decided to move to Anfield was his preferred option, and 90min learned that the offer of Champions League football and the opportunity to challenge for the Premier League title helped him change his mind.
Benfica were demanding a € 100 million contract from Nunez for 20 million euros for those bonuses and extras, but Liverpool’s payment has not yet been finalized. It is expected, however, that both parties will reach an agreement soon.
Sources also revealed in the 90min that Liverpool sees Nunez as a good addition to their squad ahead of a possible move to Sadio Mane. The Senegalese striker does not want to extend his contract at Merseyside, who has only one year left and is expected to join Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich once they meet the Reds 30-year-old.
As for other clubs interested in Nunez, United, and Atletico Madrid, they have been informed of his decision to join Liverpool.