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Benfica confirm Darwin Nuñez sale to Liverpool

Benfica have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Liverpool over the sale of Darwin Nuñez via a statement on their website early on Monday.

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Portuguese side Benfica have reached an agreement with Liverpool for the sale of forward Darwin Nuñez for an initial fee of 75 million euros, the Lisbon giants announced on Monday.

The agreement, which includes 20 million euros in add-ons, is dependent on Nunez signing an employment contract with Liverpool, the statement added.

“It is further informed that the aforementioned agreement is dependent on the signing of the player’s employment contract with Liverpool FC,” a Benfica statement said.

Top scorer in Liga Bwin

Nuñez was the top scorer in Portugal’s top flight in the 2021-22 season and scored 34 goals in all competitions for Benfica, including goals in both legs of the club’s Champions League quarter-final defeat by Liverpool.

His ability to play out wide and through the middle would make him the ideal replacement for Sadio Mane, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich.

Tyler Adams #4 of the United States defends against Darwin Nuñez #11 of Uruguay
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Tyler Adams #4 of the United States defends against Darwin Nuñez #11 of UruguayKyle RivasGetty

Liverpool finished the 2021-22 season with the FA Cup and League Cup but came second in the league and lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid.

Benfica purchased Nuñez from Almeria in the summer of 2020 for 24 million euros and British media have said the Spanish club is set to receive 20% of any profit from his transfer.