Manchester United have been linked with Darwin Nunez recently and the Benfica forward could be Cristiano Ronaldo 2.0 at Old Trafford.
According to talkSPORT, United are pursuing a deal to sign the 22-year-old Uruguayan, with the youngster reportedly keen on joining Erik ten Hag’s side this summer as the Red Devils plan a squad overhaul.
Nunez has enjoyed a fantastic season with Benfica, contributing 26 goals and four assists in just 28 Liga NOS appearances for the Eagles, averaging a superb 7.62 rating for his performances from WhoScored.
It is no surprise that his performances have attracted the interest of a number of clubs across Europe, but if talkSPORT are to be believed, United might just have the edge on signing him.
United have, of course, had a lot of success with Portuguese league signings in the past, with Cristiano Ronaldo the prime example.
The legendary forward initially joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and he went on to become one of the world’s best during his time at Old Trafford, contributing 18 goals and seven assists in his final Premier League season before his world-record move to Real Madrid.
Unlike any of United’s players, Nunez was able to cause Liverpool some real problems last season, scoring in both legs in the Champions League against the Merseyside outfit, which was enough to earn the praise of Jurgen Klopp.
He said: “Really good, really good, I have to say. I knew him before, of course, but he played pretty much in front of me with these tough battles with Ibou Konate. Physically strong, quick, was calm around his finish when he finished the goal off.
“Good, really good. Obviously how you say in these situations, if he stays healthy, it’s a big career ahead of him.”
If Nunez can realise his potential at United, then he could be the ideal man to take over from Ronaldo when he eventually leaves Old Trafford, and a season of tutelage under one of the greatest players of all time will certainly do the young Uruguayan no harm.
With Transfermarkt currently valuing the 22-year-old at £49.5m, he certainly won’t come cheap, but if he proves to be even half as successful as Ronaldo has been for United, then he could be a phenomenal addition to ten Hag’s side this summer.