Liverpool find out Darwin Nunez price as striker emerges as top transfer target

Liverpool have been told it would take £85m to sign Darwin Nunez.

And now they have a huge dilemma as they ponder a serious move for the striker who has become their top target this summer.

The Reds have been adamant they won’t overpay for the Benfica striker and have other irons in the fire as they seek to a future without Sadio Mane.

Liverpool have indicated they will not engage in a bidding war with Manchester United over the services of the Uruguay international.

But Benfica are adamant they won’t lower the price, and after inquiries from Liverpool, United and Atletico Madrid, they have named their price for a player who has scored 36 goals this season.

Two of those have come against Liverpool in the Champions League this season, with the 22-year-old scoring six goals in the competition to prove he can cut it at the top level.

Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of the striker, and it’s clear he’s ready to change around his forward line to accommodate Nunez, with Mane looking increasingly likely to leave.

Bayern Munich are pushing for the Senegalese star and he is expected to make a second offer, having seen his initial offer flatly rejected by the English club.

Nunez can play on the left, but is more comfortable playing in the middle, which would allow Klopp to use Luis Diaz on the left and refocus Liverpool’s attack.

With Mo Salah missing out at the end of the season, Klopp’s side struggled to score in the final weeks of a historic campaign, and it has never been so painful as in the League final champions.

Nunez has emerged as Liverpool’s top summer transfer target

They produced 24 chances but couldn’t score despite Real Madrid dominating, and Nunez would provide another alternative with his obvious goalscoring prowess.

But now Liverpool must decide whether to offer what would be a club-record transfer fee for the player, despite insisting he won’t go above his valuation, which is considerably lower.

Benfica have indicated they will stick to their guns, with their €100m valuation as the only prize, take it or leave it.

The Reds have suggested they would leave if the bidding gets too high, but Klopp has made Nunez his number one target, and now the club have a huge decision to make.

Richard L. Militello