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Barcelona: Darwin Nunez staying at Benfica until 2022

Highly rated 21-year-old Uruguay striker Darwin Núñez is on Barcelona's wish list but the player's agent has ruled out a Benfica exit for now.

Barca target Darwin Nunez untouchable until 2022 – agent

Benfica star Darwin Núñez will remain at the Portuguese giants until at least 2022 amid links to Barcelona, according to his agent Edgardo Lasalvia.

Núñez became Benfica's most expensive signing when he arrived from Almeria in a €24million deal in September, and he has already caught the attention of LaLiga powerhouse Barça.

The 21-year-old forward opened his account with a hat-trick in the Europa League last month, while the Uruguay international has netted five goals across all competitions.

Juventus also eyeing Darwin

Juventus have also been linked to Núñez and when asked about the Benfica forward's future, Lasalvia said via Sport: "Darwin will remain at Benfica at least until 2022."

Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus has tipped Núñez to surpass João Félix as the club's most expensive sale. Félix left Benfica for Atlético Madrid for a club-record €126m last year.

"We got it right. We must not forget that he is a kid, he is 21 years old, there is a lot about the game that he does not know yet. He will learn with me and Benfica," Jesus told SportTV.

"All this decision-making ability, finishing and speed… He was Benfica's most expensive purchase, and when there is no pandemic, he will be the most expensive sale. He will be a world-class player. Unfortunately for me, maybe I will lose him in a short time."

Benfica suffered back-to-back Primeira Liga defeats following Sunday's surprise 3-2 loss at home to Braga. The result has left Benfica four points adrift of leaders and rivals Sporting CP.