Benfica’s Darwin Nunez is quickly shaping up to be one of football’s most sought after attackers.
The 22-year-old striker enjoyed a hugely successful campaign last time out, and after netting 34 goals in 41 appearances, in all competitions, it is not hard to see why the South American is wanted by several top clubs.
Although Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the Uruguayan, finalising any kind of deal will prove difficult. This is largely down to how many clubs have a solid interest in the forward.
According to a recent report from Football Transfers, at least four Premier League clubs, including the Red Devils, have Nunez on their summer wishlist. The other clubs chasing the striker’s signature are believed to be Newcastle United, Liverpool and Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur.
Nunez’s stellar breakthrough has captured the attention of some of the sport’s biggest names, including Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk, who named the 22-year-old as one of his toughest opponents.
Speaking during an interview with Rio Ferdinand on BT Sport’s YouTube channel, the Dutch international said: “The name of Haaland, and also Darwin, he’s a bit similar, very direct, quick, tall, strong, and its quite difficult to play against those guys.”
Whether or not Van Dijk’s high praise will help convince the prolific striker to move to Anfield remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, whichever club ends up with Nunez on their books is certain to have won a highly contested transfer battle.