Report: Darwin Nunez could be signed for for just £51 million

Manchester United are already plotting for next season with new manager Erik ten Hag already starting work behind the scenes.

Signing a new striker is a priority, with Edinson Cavani set to leave the club as a free agent. The most frequently discussed replacement is his Uruguayan international colleague, Darwin Nunez.

Nunez has a better goals per game rate this season than Erling Haaland, netting 26 goals in 28 league games for Benfica this past season, and 34 in all competitions.

And to make the situation even more tempting, Nunez could cost a lot less than has previously been suggested.

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Darwin Nunez could be signed for for just £51 million

The Athletic report: “Sources close to the matter think he can be got for around €60 million, which is below previously mentioned figures.”

This works out at £51 million, a real bargain, with Benfica previously talking up their aims to getting far more for him.

Manager Nelson Verissimo told The Mirror last month: “Now regarding numbers, I hope as a Benfica fan that it will go for numbers close to those that were João Félix’s numbers.”

Benfica sold Felix for more than £100 million, and this kind of fee would put Nunez out of Manchester United’s price range.

Theoretically United can afford this fee, but there are so many other areas of the squad which need addressing, that buying one striker for a triple-figure amount is highly unlikely.

A spend of £51 million would be much more reasonable, and if Darwin Nunez could be signed for this amount, then it will represent good value. It is also around the same as City spent on Erling Haaland, via his release clause.

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This amount would also leave funds for United to spend in midfield and defence, while signing a top young striker for the future.

The Athletic also claim Benfica have lined up Sasa Kalajdzic as Nunez’s replacement, believing the Austria striker could be signed from Stuttgart for around £20 million.

This will still see the Portuguese side still make a tidy profit while replacing Nunez. The fact they already have a successor lined up, is likely to make the club more receptive to cashing in.

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