Report: Chelsea are interested in 22-year-old star that Klopp admirers, would cost more than Pulisic
Chelsea are reportedly one of the clubs interested in signing Benfica’s Darwin Nunez this summer.
According to The Athletic, the clubs in the driving seat to try sign the 22-year-old are Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
It is understood that Portuguese giants Benfica would be open to the sale of their talisman, with his transfer fee likely to be around £59million. If so, he’d cost the Blues more than the £58million they spent on Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in 2019.
The report explains Benfica would prefer to get any transfer done early into the summer window to allow time to find a replacement. Of course, Chelsea’s ongoing takeover means they can’t officially enter the race to sign players until sanctions are lifted on them and they find new ownership.
Nunez, who Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described as a “top, top boy” earlier in April, has been one of the most in-form strikers playing in European football recently.
The young Uruguayan forward has a remarkable tally of 31 goals in 36 Benfica appearances this season across all competitions. It’s worth noting five of those goals have been in the Champions League, too.
Chelsea ST position still uncertain
For certain, Nunez looks a star in the making that is destined for a big-money transfer in the near future.
However, Chelsea need to sort their centre-forward situation before chasing replacements.
Kai Havertz’s performances in the number nine role could mean the Blues don’t need to splash the cash on a striker, albeit the German is versatile enough to drop into different attacking positions.
Elsewhere, the Chelsea search for a new number nine is surely largely determined by Romelu Lukaku’s future at Stamford Bridge.