Liverpool are close to signing Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez from Portuguese club Benfica.

The deal is expected to be worth an initial 64 million pounds with about  21 million pounds in add-ons.

Nunez scored 34 times in 41 appearances across all competitions for Benfica last season.

He also scored twice against Liverpool as Benfica were beaten 6-4 across two legs by the Reds in the Champions League quarter-finals.

After their second meeting, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp predicted Nunez had “a big career ahead of him”, describing him as “physically strong, quick, and calm around his finish”.

A medical has yet to take place but it is believed Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward was in Portugal over the weekend to hold talks.

English Premier League rivals Manchester United were reportedly also interested in signing Nunez, who cost Benfica 20.5 million pounds when he signed from Spanish side Almeria in 2020.

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