Benfica has announced an agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Darwin Nunez. The 22-year-old Uruguay forward will cost the Merseysiders 75 million euros + 25 million as bonuses, which Liverpool will be happy to pay, as new transfers to Benfica’s accounts will be a marker of Nunez’s success in England.
In a statement sent by Benfica to the Securities Market Commission (CMVM), the Portuguese underlined that the agreement with Liverpool will become valid by signing a sports employment contract between Darwin Nunez and the English club.
Hardly there will be any problems at this stage because the Uruguayan informed his teammates a few days ago about the transfer to Liverpool. Darwin has agreed on a six-year contract with the new club (until the end of the season 2027/28). The last formality on the way to Anfield will be the traditional medical examination, which Nunez will pass on Monday.
Liverpool could break their transfer record if Darwin Nunez makes the Reds pay generous bonuses to Benfica with his successful play and performance. Liverpool’s record purchase was 84.7 million euros, the amount the Reds paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in the middle of the 2017/18 season. Nunez could be worth as high as 100 million euros.
For Benfica, regardless of the activation of bonus options, this is the second biggest sale in the club’s history. The transfer of Joao Felix to Atletico for 127 million euros was a record for the Eagles.
In the current transfer window, Darwin Nunez also became the second most expensive player after Aurelien Tchouameni, whose base value of the transfer from Monaco to Real Madrid was 80 million euros. Interestingly, Liverpool and Manchester City paid the same compensation for their new forwards: Darwin Nunez, excluding bonuses, cost the same 75 million euros as Erling Haaland.
Uruguayans are not frequent guests in the English Premier League. Only 24 Uruguayan players have played in the EPL; six have played 50+ games, and two have played more than a hundred, Gustavo Poyet and Luis Suarez. At Liverpool, Darwin Nunez will become the third Uruguayan after Sebastian Coates, against whom he played in the Portuguese championship, and Luis Suarez, who scored 82 goals in 133 games for the Reds.
Curiously, Liverpool is recruiting a new attacking lineup in Portugal: they signed Colombian Luis Diaz from Porto in the winter and now Darwin Nunez from Benfica. South Americans are replacing African stars Mane and Salah.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah‘s possible departing push Liverpool to act to avoid being left with players who lack the requisite attributes or motivation. After the transfers of Diaz and Nunez, the departure of Mane and Firmino will not seem like a disaster, and Salah will try to be persuaded into a new contract next season, or the Reds will look for a left-back next summer.