With Liverpool closing in on Uruguay international Darwin Nunez, the Reds are nearing the completion of a huge signing to bolster their already formidable attack. The Reds currently sport world-class forwards in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, although their Liverpool futures are both in question. Both players have just one year left on their Liverpool contracts, and Mane in particular has pushed for an exit this summer. Salah’s situation is also uncertain, with contract negotiations dragging on for months. Regardless, Nunez is a boost to the squad no matter the status of any other Liverpool players.
Who is Darwin Nunez Liverpool Closing in on Uruguay?
At 22 years old, Darwin Nunez is one of the most sought-after young players across the globe. Nunez is a youth product of Uruguayan club Penarol, making his professional debut for the side in early 2018. He went to Portuguese side Benfica in 2020 for nearly double the price, banking €24.3 million (£20.9m / $26.4m). With Benfica, Nunez has been a smashing success. The true coming-out party for Nunez was his brace against Barcelona in a 3-0 win for Benfica in Group E. He also clearly impressed Liverpool with two goals against the Reds over their two quarterfinal matchups.
How much did Darwin Nunez cost?
According to multiple reports, including from James Pearce of The Athletic, Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo, and Fabrizio Romano for The Guardian, the Darwin Nunez deal could see Liverpool break their transfer record. The reports state that Nunez has earned Benfica €75 million (£63.8m / $80.7m) initially, with an additional €25m (£21.3m / $26.9m) in possible add-ons. The Liverpool Echo reports that the add-ons include €15m in appearance-related bonuses and €10 million in add-ons tied to team accomplishments.
The same publication says that Benfica held firm in the club’s €100m evaluation of the player, but Liverpool negotiated down the price slightly from Benfica’s desire of €80m up front and €20m of add-ons. According to The Athletic’s report, Nunez’s former club Almeria has a 20 percent sell-on fee and will net a significant return on the deal.
Darwin Nunez Liverpool contract details
According to the Romano report, Darwin Nunez has signed a five-year contract with Liverpool, expiring in the summer of 2027. Others suggest the deal could be for six years. While news of his salary at Liverpool vary, according to a report by Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda, Nunez will make €6 million (£5.1m / $6.5m) after tax per year at Liverpool, amounting to about €115,400 (£98,000 / $124,200) per week. To compare that to others on the Liverpool squad, Virvil van Dijk is reportedly the highest-paid player at Liverpool, making about €258,400 (£220,000 / $278,100) per week, according to Spotrac.
Darwin Nunez goals, assists, and stats for club & country
Darwin Nunez has poured on the goals at every level since establishing himself as a first-choice striker. With Benfica last season, Nunez averaged nearly 30 touches a game and scored a goal once every 77 minutes. His time with the Uruguay national team started hot but has slowed since.