Liverpool complete signing of Uruguay striker from Benfica for initial £64m
Liverpool have completed the signing of uruguay striker darwin nunez from portuguese aspect benfica on a six-12 months-deal for an preliminary £64m. The 22-year-old could grow to be the club’s record signing, with the rate growing to a ability £85m with add-ons. Nunez scored 34 times in forty one appearances for benfica ultimate season.
“i’m sincerely satisfied and extremely joyful to be right here at liverpool. It is a big club,” he stated. “i want to win a whole lot of trophies at liverpool.”
nunez brought: “i’ve played in opposition to liverpool and i have visible them in lots of video games within the champions league – and it is my style of play. There are a few super gamers right here and that i suppose it will healthy my fashion of play right here.” liverpool’s cutting-edge file switch is the £75m paid to signal centre-again virgil van dijk from southampton in 2018. Nunez’s price ought to attain as a minimum £75m if he plays regularly. The accessories within the deal, that may amount to £21m in overall if they’re all met, variety from what number of goals he rankings to whether or not the reds win the champions league.
The signing is subject to international clearance and paintings allow approval. The frontman, who has 11 caps for uruguay, scored 26 dreams in 28 league games in 2021-22 – with 25 of these desires coming in the 24 league matches wherein he started. In addition to being the primeira liga’s pinnacle scorer for 2021-22, nunez also scored six times in 10 champions league video games ultimate season, inclusive of against liverpool in both legs in their sector-final in april.
“once i arrived at the education floor, i was simply amazed to see the set-up and the shape and all of the trophies here,” said nunez.
“you can then believe yourself prevailing greater trophies after which in a while while you come right here again and notice the trophies on display, you can say, ‘look, i was part of that, i was there at that time, winning trophies.
“that is one of the reasons why i got here right here to liverpool – to win trophies and titles.”
liverpool received the carabao cup and fa cup ultimate season, however have been runners-up within the gold standard league and misplaced the champions league very last to actual madrid. Liverpool supervisor jurgen klopp stated nunez is a “wonderful” footballer with “a lot ability to get even higher”.
“it’s why it is so interesting. His age, his desire, his hunger to be even better than he presently is and his perception in our mission and what we are looking to do as a membership,” brought the german.
“he thinks we match him and we believe he’s the proper fit for us – so permit’s do it.”
klopp, who signed a agreement extension with the club in advance this 12 months, believes nunez has all of the attributes liverpool wished.
“he can set a tempo, he brings electricity, he can threaten area from primary and extensive regions. He is aggressive and dynamic together with his motion,” stated the reds boss.
“he performs with out worry, he is powerful, i recognize he’ll excite our supporters.”
however klopp additionally warned: “it is essential all of us realise we are getting a ‘paintings in progress’ with darwin – he recognises that himself. I love how lots attention and humility he has.
“we’ve brilliant attacking options already and he turns into a part of that now. So there is no strain on him at all. He symptoms for a totally long term and we intend to nurture his talent and see it develop.”