Manchester United are close to finalising Darwin Nunez transfer despite the massive price tag
According to the Portuguese publication O Jogo (h/t The Sun), Manchester United are “very close” to finalising a transfer for Darwin Nunez despite the massive price tag slapped by Benfica. The latter has named an asking price of £85million for his signature, which is quite a large investment indeed, especially in the current delicate situation.
Nunez is the “priority” target for Erik ten Hag this summer as the boss wants to strengthen his attack for the next season. And now, Man United appear set to get their hands on the centre-forward. An agreement seems close to being reached with the Portuguese club at this point.
That being said, the current valuation would be a massive blow to the Red Devils’ transfer budget, which could cause problems as the transfer is yet to be finalised. That does make sense with the club going through a rough phase in all areas with plans of a rebuild being laid down under ten Hag.
Man Utd to pay full amount?
The Uruguayan international has been terrific for his side this season, having overperformed his expected goals tally by a large margin. While that is not maintainable in the long run, one would expect a talented striker like Nunez to replicate his excellent finishing ability in the best possible manner.
The 22-year-old would be a perfect addition for us, considering how we have lacked someone who can guarantee goals in the attack other than Cristiano Ronaldo. Edinson Cavani was expected to provide support, but injuries and fitness issues have hampered his chances of being effective last season.
Moreover, Cavani is set to leave us this summer which opens up a spot in the striker department. Furthermore, Ronaldo cannot be depended on in the long term as he is nearing the end of his playing career. That is not all, as even a superstar like Cristiano has shown signs of decline despite his immense physique.
Hence, Nunez would be a fantastic signing for us, and his immense work rate would match ten Hag’s pressing from the front looking at the tactics employed by the coach at Ajax. However, serious questions can be raised against paying the current asking price as it is too expensive even for the South American superstar.
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We are desperate for a fresh start which must be facilitated by rebuilding the declining squad with proper planning. If that is the case, then paying such an amount may not be wise, especially when there are needs to meet in other areas like midfield and defence, for example.
The fans would hope to see a change in transfer business from the board, considering how they have often been criticised in the past. As such, it would be best if we could reduce the price tag to something more reasonable, unlike the outrageous amount being named currently.