Liverpool has completed the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica for a fee of £85m. Benfica announced the deal on Monday morning with Liverpool set to pay £64m up-front and the remaining of the fee in add-ons. The record transfer fee surpasses the fee paid for Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018. The transfer is subject to personal terms being agreed upon and passing a medical.

“In the early morning hours of this Monday (0:44 am), Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD informed the Securities Market Commission (CMVM) that it had reached an agreement with Liverpool FC for the sale of all rights to the player Darwin Nunez, for the amount of 75 million euros,” Benfica said in a statement. “To the CMVM, Benfica’s SAD also informed that ‘the agreement provides for the payment of variable remuneration, so the global amount of the sale could reach the amount of 100 million euros. ‘It is further informed that the aforementioned agreement is dependent on the signing of the player’s sports employment contract with Liverpool FC’, it is further explained in the official document.”

“Darwin Nunez was one of the best players this season in the Portuguese league by far. The other one was Luis Diaz who moved to Liverpool in January and that made Nunez the absolute best player,” Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda said. “Benfica finished the season in third place and failed to get a direct spot in the Champions League but in 41 games, Nunez scored 34 goals and registered four assists – so you’re talking about one of the best strikers. He’s a ‘modern football striker’ – like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe – strikers who don’t just focus on scoring goals. They focus on playing for the team and making the whole team play well. That’s why we’re talking about €100m.”

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