‘Growing belief…’ – James Pearce issues new Nunez transfer update amid close Liverpool links

James Pearce has confirmed a “growing belief” that Liverpool could strike a deal with Benfica for their prolific hitman Darwin Nunez this summer.

The Merseysiders have been looking for a quality addition to the top three since it became clear Sadio Mane’s head was turned by the prospect of a new challenge away from Merseyside.

“Initial talks between the clubs have been positive, with Benfica demanding a package of around €100m (£85m),” the journalist wrote alongside Raphael Honigstein for The Athletic.

“It would mean Liverpool breaking their £75m transfer record which was set when they signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in 2018, but that hasn’t put them off.

“There has also been serious interest in Nunez from Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, but the player’s preference is to move to Anfield and there is growing belief that a deal will be agreed.”

In the No10, the Reds will lose some serious firepower, not to mention one of the most trusted members of a world-class roster that also includes forwards with expiring contracts in Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino.

Our Egyptian king’s current deal is an issue that will no doubt be resolved after he returns to England, but for now it looks like Julian Ward has started life superbly at the helm of our recruitment team.