Liverpool are interested in signing Darwin Nunez as a replacement for Sadio Mane this summer.
It depends The temperaturewho claim the Reds will use the money from Mane’s sale for the Uruguayan’s signing.
However, although the interest is there, Liverpool would not pursue Nunez at ‘any cost’.
It has previously been reported that Nunez could cost any team upwards of £70m this summer. What Liverpool value about the 22-year-old has yet to be revealed.
Meanwhile, any deal will hinge on Bayern Munich increasing their offer for Mane. The Times claim that Liverpool have flatly rejected Bayern’s opening offer of £21m with an additional £4m.
Lots of interest for Nunez
Liverpool’s interest in Nunez was surely piqued by his performances against them in the Champions League last season.
It has been claimed that the Reds are already monitoring the striker ahead of the quarter-final in April. But after two goals in two games and some eye-catching all-around performances, his stock has risen even further. Jurgen Klopp was certainly impressed, anyway.
Not that he was exactly under the radar. Nunez scored 34 goals in 41 games last season as he cemented himself as one of Europe’s hottest properties.
With Benfica apparently willing to complete a deal early in the window, he is an attractive option for a number of clubs.
One of them seems to be Manchester United. Although United may be able to throw more money at the striker than Liverpool, Nunez would like to play Champions League football.
It’s something that won’t be on the menu at Old Trafford next season. In Liverpool, that will certainly be the case.
Mane rocks the boat
At this point, it looks like the Reds’ interest is based on having a clear race towards the player, without getting involved in an auction.
It remains to be seen whether this will be the case or not. It will also depend on Bayern coming back with a more reasonable offer for Mane.
It was a disappointing first offer from the German champions. But with Mane speaking publicly about leaving Liverpool, they may be forced to accept a lower offer than originally hoped.
Lots to sort out for Liverpool over the next few months. It looks like a busier window than we’ve seen in some time at Anfield.
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