Liverpool look set to be closing in on Benfica striker Darwin Nunez after reportedly agreeing an £85million deal for the ace. The Uruguay international has been in comparison with his compatriot Edinson Cavani, who is ready to depart Manchester United when his contract at Old Trafford expires at the top of this month. So it appears the Red Devils have missed out on an excellent alternative for his or her forward.
“I believe Darwin can barely change the way in which Liverpool play,” transfer guru Fabrizio Romano said as he revealed the Merseyside club’s transfer plans for the player. “Actually he’s a more traditional striker than Roberto Firmino or Diogo Jota.
“Within the Liverpool scouting department they’ve at all times considered him as the same style of centre-forward to Edinson Cavani. That’s definitely a compliment to the player, but it’ll be interesting to see how it would change the way in which Jurgen Klopp’s side play if a deal is accomplished.”
Cavani has been a prolific goalscorer throughout his illustrious profession and located the back of the web 200 times in 301 games for Paris Saint-Germain prior to his move to Old Trafford. The 35-year-old also bagged 104 goals in 137 appearances for Napoli and has racked-up 56 strikes for Uruguay.
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Nunez can also be good within the air and can provide Liverpool with a very latest dynamic up front if he does put pen-to-paper on a deal at Anfield. So United could well be ruing a missed opportunity.
Cavani did well at Old Trafford, despite his advancing years, and provided the team with something other players didn’t. Nunez could have filled the gap left by the veteran if the Red Devils had done more to get a deal over the road as they were clearly enthusiastic about signing him. But perhaps the forward didn’t wish to play within the Europa League.
Whatever regrets United can have, they are going to quickly need to search out one other striker who could make a difference at Old Trafford. But he’s unlikely to be of the identical ilk as Nunez.
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