United striker target Darwin Nunez named by Virgil van Dijk as one of his toughest opponents

Manchester United need to add a striker this summer and the most commonly linked name is Benfica forward Darwin Nunez.

The Athletic state United are following Nunez, while Fabrizio Romano this week also said United are discussing Nunez, while adding he is ‘100 per cent’ set to leave Benfica this summer. [via Here We Go podcast].

Nunez has now received a glowing endorsement from potential Premier League opponent, Virgil van Dijk.

The striker scored against Liverpool in the Champions League earlier this year, in addition to netting the goal which knocked Erik ten Hag’s Ajax out of the competition.

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Darwin Nunez named by Virgil van Dijk as one of toughest opponents

In an interview with former United star Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport and Five, Liverpool defender Van Dijk named Darwin Nunez among the toughest strikers he has faced, comparing him to Erling Haaland.

Van Dijk 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.”

In Liverpool’s matches against Benfica it was easy to see how Nunez’s presence made Liverpool uncomfortable, with the striker making the most of the chance he had, and also controversially denied a penalty.

Manchester United are aiming to put together a team which is tough to beat and hard to play against, and Van Dijk’s comments provide extra reason why the Red Devils should seriously pursue him.

Nunez actually has a better goals per game rate this season than Erling Haaland, and The Athletic suggested he could be available for just £51 million this summer, far less than otherwise suggested.

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The Uruguayan is Edinson Cavani’s replacement for his country, and at only 22, United would be signing him early in his career, with his best years ahead of him.

Nunez was described as the ‘most valuable player in Portuguese football earlier this season, and his physicality and pace makes him ideal for the Premier League.

CBS Sports report Lille striker Jonathan David is being considered as an alternative for United, while ESPN report Christian Nkunku is an option, although RB Leipzig are determined to keep him.

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