The Uruguayan attacker had previously been heavily linked with a move to Man United, however, with the Red Devils failing to make a concrete approach for Nunez, Liverpool appear to have stolen a march on them and have now agreed personal terms with the attacker.
If Liverpool are wanting to sign Nunez this summer, reports have suggested that they may have to smash their club-record transfer fee, which currently stands at £76m (as per Transfermarkt), with the Reds needing to bid £85.5m for someone that’s only ever played in Portugal, Spain (in the second tier) and also in his homeland of Uruguay.
However, it doesn’t appear to be all plain sailing, as Jacobs has revealed.
Speaking prior to the latest Nunez developments, Jacobs said: “The hope is that Benfica are prepared to sell, and the challenge is in determining the market value for a player.
“I think if Liverpool don’t get market value, they walk away, and if Liverpool do get market value, there’s a danger from Manchester United’s point of view that they get him ahead of Manchester United, because I think a player like Nunez would be more swayed by Liverpool than Manchester United due to the instability at United and the fact that he’d be coming across and playing Champions League football.”
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It appears that Liverpool’s interest may well have increased due to Sadio Mane’s desire to leave the club for Bayern Munich, but also that they may have had to watch him sign for one of their biggest rivals in the same summer one of their top stars departed.
Handing Jurgen Klopp someone he’s previously claimed had a ‘big career ahead of him‘ when they recently faced off in the Champions League would be huge for Liverpool and almost certainly soften the blow of a 30-year old Mane leaving for the Bundesliga, even if they did have to smash their transfer record.
However, it is very good from Liverpool to instantly put out there that they won’t be paying over the odds for someone that’s just 22 years old and never played higher than the Portuguese top-flight regularly, as it stops Benfica from trying to play games with them and could see them land Nunez ahead of Man United, having set their stall out early on in this potential transfer saga.