Manchester United have reportedly made a bid to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.
According to a recent report from Correio da Manha (via Sport Witness), the Red Devils have been in talks over a move and have put an offer worth €105m (£90.1m) on the table to try and convince the Portuguese club to sell their star striker.
After bagging 16 goals in 32 appearances for Almeria, the 22-year-old joined his current employers for a reported club-record fee of €24m (£20.4m) in 2020. During his time with Benfica, the centre-forward has racked up 47 goals in 84 appearances across all competitions, delivering 16 assists along the way.
The 2021/22 season saw the Uruguayan really burst onto the scene and announce himself as one of Europe’s top attacking talents by scoring 34 goals in 41 appearances.
Six of those goals came in the Champions League against the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and eventual finalists Liverpool, highlighting just how capable the youngster is of playing on the biggest stage at club level and scoring against some of Europe’s top teams.
In the Portuguese top flight, Nunez ended the most recent campaign with the joint-highest number of shots on target (44) out of all players in the division.
This not only shows why the Red Devils have reportedly tables a hefty bid to Benfica to try and sign the 22-year-old, but also makes it easy to assume that lots of United fans would be thrilled to hear this update and would love to see him at Old Trafford.
In fact, former United striker and fellow Uruguayan Diego Forlan recently said that a move to Manchester would be “spectacular” for the Benfica hotshot.
Taking into account how the Red Devils scored fewer Premier League goals (57) than the likes of Arsenal (61), West Ham United (60) and Leicester City (62) this season, adding a deadly striker like Nunez could be just what Erik Ten Hag needs in his side.
If this latest report is accurate, then United and their fans will have to wait for Benfica to make a decision as to whether or not they will accept this bid, with those in Manchester surely hoping that the Portuguese club will go for it.