Manchester United have been quoted a mammoth £67million price-tag for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez as super-rich Newcastle remain in contention to scupper a prospective summer deal. Arsenal complete the trio of Premier League financial heavyweights who could tussle for the Uruguayan’s signature.
Nunez scored perhaps the biggest goal of Benfica’s season on Tuesday as they pipped Ajax 1-0 in Amsterdam. That earned them a narrow aggregate victory, and safe passage into the Champions League quarter-finals where, on Friday, they were drawn to play Liverpool.
After a relatively steady debut season last year, the 22-year-old is already up to 26 goals in all competitions this time out. He rose through the ranks in his native Uruguay with Penarol, and has already racked up eight caps for the national team.
In light of his continued goal-scoring form and recent heroics, a report from Record indicates that Benfica have hiked up his release clause to £67m. With the summer transfer window just months away, that puts him in a similar ballpark to the likes of Erling Haaland and Alexander Isak.
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Rangnick will be involved in the summer operation despite stepping aside from his touchline duties and into a consultancy role. The German left little to the imagination last month when he claimed it is ‘obvious’ that the Red Devils will pursue a new striker.
“Edinson [Cavani’s] contract is running out in the summer and the club needs the best possible centre-forward,” he added. “I think everyone is aware of that.”