Liverpool has completed the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica in a deal worth £85m. The Uruguayan has signed a six-year contract with the club and will join the squad subject to a work permit and international clearance. He will wear the No 27 shirt that was vacated by Divock Origi. Nunez scored 34 times for Benfica last season including both legs of Benfica’s quarter-final defeat to Liverpool. Manchester United and Newcastle were also interested in the Uruguayan but the Merseyside club were the favorites after Sadio Mane announced that he would be leaving the club.
“I’m really happy and delighted to be here at Liverpool. It’s a massive club. It’s a pleasure to be here in Liverpool and I’m very happy to be a part of this great club,” new Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez said. “I’ve played against Liverpool and I’ve seen them in lots of games in the Champions League, and it’s my style of play. There are some great players here and I think it’s going to suit my style of play. As I say, I’ve watched quite a lot and it’s a very big club and I hope I can give everything that I’ve got in order to help the team. That’s one of the reasons why I came here to Liverpool – to win trophies and titles. I want to win a lot of trophies at Liverpool.”
“A good-looking boy, huh? And a decent player as well! Really good, really good. I knew before, of course, but he played pretty much in front of me with his tough battles with Ibrahima Konate,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said. “He was physically strong, quick, was calm around his finish. Good, really good. I always say in these situations if he is healthy, it’s a big career ahead of him.”