How much is Darwin Núñez getting paid at Liverpool?
The Uruguay striker became the most expensive signing in Liverpool’s history when he joined from Benfica.
Darwin Núñez this week became the most expensive signing in Liverpool’s history, the arrival of the 22-year-old Uruguay international eclipsing the €84.5 million paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in 2018. Núñez, who started out at Almería, scored 47 goals in 84 games for Benfica and caught the eye of Anfield’s scouts when the two sides met in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League. Jürgen Klopp had already been keeping an eye on the forward before the game and his analysts identified Núñez as the Portuguese side’s principal threat.
Although Liverpool won the tie, Núñez’s performances against his side reinforced Klopp’s belief that the forward would be a perfect fit for his side and Liverpool agreed a few with Benfica worth €100m, with €75m fixed and €25m in add-ons. Núñez was identified as the perfect replacement for Sadio Mané, who seems set to leave Anfield this summer amid interest from Bayern Munich, and during negotiations on personal terms over the six-year deal a salary in excess of those of several club stalwarts was agreed.
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According to The Times, Núñez will earn €163,000 per week at Anfield, which works out at an annual salary of just under €8m.
Liverpool’s highest-paid players, according to multiple sources, are Van Dijk (€250,000pw), Thiago and Mo Salah (€230,000pw) and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino (€208,000).
Núñez’s salary is roughly the same as those of Jordan Henderson and James Milner and considerably more than Mané's reported €115,000 per week.