Liverpool ‘strike deal’ with Darwin Nunez as they prepare to make record signing

Liverpool have reportedly agreed personal terms with Benfica star Darwin Nunez ahead of a blockbuster summer switch that would see the 22-year-old become the most expensive signing in their history.

Club chiefs entered talks over a move for the Uruguay international earlier this week and are said to have moved a step closer to securing an all important signature after reaching an agreement over contract details.

Nunez smashed home 34 goals across 41 fixtures in all competitions last season, catching the eye of Champions League finalists Liverpool by netting twice against them earlier in the quarter-final stages of the competition.

The Athletic report that personal terms between Liverpool and Nunez have been agreed, with securing a signature the next step for the Premier League challengers.

They add that any deal for Nunez to leave Benfica will be worth in the region of £85.5million in total, which is just over £10m more than current record arrival Virgil van Dijk.

Discussions over the structure of that payment are said to be ongoing, with Benfica reportedly holding out for an upfront £68m with £17m in add ons.

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Elsewhere, Liverpool are said to have rejected a bid from Bayern Munich for Sadio Mane worth in the region of £30m, with the Senegal hero considering his options.

The 30-year-old former Southampton forward remained silent over his plans before their Champions League final defeat, but later hinted he wouldn't see out the last year of his deal.

He said: "Isn't it between 60 to 70% of Senegalese want me to leave Liverpool? I will do what they want. We will see soon! The future will tell us."

In a bid to clarify his stance at the club, Mane then said: "I spoke yesterday while joking with a bit of humour and it was everywhere. I think we'll stop there.

"Liverpool is a club I respect a lot. The fans adopted me since day one. Regarding the future, we'll see."

Should Liverpool bring in Nunez, he would join Jurgen Klopp's attacking ranks that include Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino as well as Mane.

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