Liverpool are reportedly one of the main contenders to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez during the summer transfer window.
According to a recent report from Record (via Sport Witness), the outcome of tonight’s Champions League final could have a big say on what Nunez’s next step is to be, as both Liverpool and Real Madrid are in the mix to sign the striker.
During his time with the Lisbon club, the Uruguayan has scored 47 goals in 84 appearances across all competitions, chipping in with 16 assists along the way.
This season saw the attacker really blossom into one of Europe’s deadliest strikers, as he found the net 34 times in 41 appearances.
Six of those goals came in the Champions League as Nunez scored against the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool on the two occasions that Benfica faced off against Jurgen Klopp’s side in April.
This shows just how capable the 22-year-old is of playing on the big stage and scoring against Europe’s top teams.
It also makes it safe to assume that Klopp would love to have a young, talented player like the Benfica star, who he recently praised, in his squad who he can improve and utilise in his team for the foreseeable future, especially if the Reds end up losing either Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah in the next year or two.
With 26 goals in 28 games in the Portuguese top flight, the Uruguay striker ended the campaign with the highest performance rating according to WhoScored out of players currently in the league.
While this may be a hefty price for Liverpool to pay, the player’s young age and clear attacking talent could make it an investment worth completing for the Merseyside club and FSG.
If Liverpool can overcome Real Madrid in tonight’s final and secure the Champions League trophy, this and the prize money they would get could give them a big boost in their chances of securing a summer move for the Benfica star.