English Premier League club Liverpool are desperate to sign the 22-year-old Benfica’s Uruguayan forward Darwin Nunez. The Reds are even ready to put their record transfer fee for this young talent as they are dreaming of him as the perfect replacement for Sadio Mane. Darwin Nunez In the recently concluded Liga Portugal season (2021/22), while Benfica finished in the third position, Darwin Nunez ended as the leading goal-scorer in that competition with 26 goals in 28 appearances. He also managed four assists in that season. Image Credit: Twitter In the complete 2021/22 season for Benfica, Nunez managed 34 goals and four assists in 41 games. The youngster comfortably won the Best Player of the Liga Bwin award for the 2021/22 season. CNID, the Association of Sports Journalists, give this prestigious award at the end of every Portuguese football season. Top interested clubs according to media reports No doubt that Nunez can be one of the crucial targets for reputed European clubs in this summer transfer window. Manchester United are already reported on targeting him as the future of the club as their new manager Erik ten Hag can put a strong bid for him. via eurosport Now the Red Devils’ Premier League rivals Liverpool are ready to catch the in-form youngster. While Man United are desperate to add some forwards for the new season, Sadio Mane and Divock Origi’s probable departure has forced Liverpool to go for top talented forwards this summer. The Senegal left-winger Mane is set to leave Anfield, while the Belgium centre-forward Origi has no intention to extend his contract with the Reds’ which will end this month. So, Liverpool are desperate to welcome the in-form centre-forward Nunez as soon as possible. Image Credit: Twitter Fabrizio Romano, the renowned Italian sports journalist and transfer market specialist, has confirmed that Liverpool are planning to prepare a strong bid for Darwin Nunez. The Reds can place a bid for €80m with add-ons for this Benfica centre-forward, which will beat this Premier League club’s all-time expensive transfer (Virgil van Dijk for £76.2m from Southampton in January 2018) if the deal gets finalised. In the meantime, Fabrizio has also confirmed that Man United are also in contact with Nunez’s agent. In his social media account, Fabrizio also added that both the Premier League clubs have no intention of starting a bidding war for the Uruguayan footballer. Benefit of Liverpool and Manchester United with Nunez While Manchester United still have Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad, Darwin Nunez can be their second or supportive choice centre-forward. In this case, the youngster can get useful time to settle down in the challenging Premier League. On the other hand, Liverpool need a regular forward to replace Sadio Mane. Though they already have the regular forwards like Mohamed Salah (right-winger), Diego Jota (centre-forward), Roberto Firmino (centre-forward), Luis Diaz (left-winger) etc., Nunez can still be needed as a crucial option. However, the Uruguayan youngster can feel much more relaxed in this top Premier League club, especially if there are no more exits among the regular forwards.