Benfica confirm sale of Darwin Nunez to Liverpool
- Darwin Nunez has been signed by Liverpool Football club from Portugal side Benfica
- Benfica have confirmed the agreement with the Premier League side for the forward
- Nunez was a target for many top clubs in Europe but will join Liverpool on a six-year deal
Benfica Football Club has confirmed they have reached an agreement with Premier League side Liverpool over the sale of Darwin Nunez.
Releasing a statement on their website early on Monday, Benfica confirmed the Uruguay striker will head to Anfield for a fee of £64million ($78.1m), with a further £21.4m ($26.14m) in potential add-ons.
Nunez signed for Benfica in 2020 from Spanish second-tier side Almeria for around €24m and scored 45 goals in 85 games, 61 of those starts, for the Primera Liga club in all competitions.
The club also notified that finalizing the deal will now depend on the agreement of personal terms between Nunez, his representatives and Liverpool.
“It is further informed that the aforementioned agreement is dependent on the signing of the player’s employment contract with Liverpool FC,” a Benfica statement said.
The 22-year-old shone in Portugal last season, racking up 34 goals in 41 games and attracting interest from most of the game’s top sides as a result.
Liverpool forced their way to the front of the queue for his signature, and after some tricky negotiations over a fee, eventually struck a deal this weekend.
Now, Benfica have confirmed that Liverpool will pay an initial €75m (£64m) to sign Nunez, with a further €25m (£21m) in add-ons.
“In the early morning hours of Monday, Benfica informed the Portuguese Securities Market Commission that it had reached an agreement with Liverpool FC for the sale of all the rights to the player Darwin Nunez, for the amount of €75m,” a statement read.
“To the Securities Market Commission, Benfica also informed that the agreement provides for the payment of a variable amount, so the overall amount of the sale could reach the amount of €100m.
“It is further informed that the aforementioned agreement is dependent on the signing of the player’s sports employment contract with Liverpool FC.”