Darwin Nunez left out of Uruguay team ahead of expected Liverpool transfer

Darwin Nunez was left out of Uruguay’s matchday squad for their friendly against Panama on Saturday night ahead of his prospective transfer to Liverpool

Nunez had played in both of his country’s previous international matches, against Mexico and the United States, but was not even named on the bench for the encounter against Panama.

Following conversations with his advisors, the Benfica striker has already signed personal terms with Liverpool, while the two clubs are still negotiating the legal transfer cost.

Benfica aim to hold hard on their appraisal of the 22-year-old, who was playing his trade for Almeria in the Spanish second tier as recently as 2020, as 90min disclosed earlier on Saturday.

The Portuguese giants are looking for a €80 million agreement with an additional €20 million in add-ons. Liverpool attempted to negotiate a lesser starting cost of €70 million, but they will have to break their current transfer record in order to finalise the deal.

Liverpool have already beaten Manchester United to become Nunez’s favourite destination in the Premier League. His choice was influenced by the possibility of remaining in the Champions League and competing for the Premier League championship.

Despite the fact that a definitive agreement on the transfer fee and transaction structure has yet to be made, both clubs anticipate the move proceeding.

Nunez had a breakout season with Benfica in 2021/22, scoring 34 goals across all competitions, including 26 in 28 appearances in Portugal’s Primeira Liga.


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