Liverpool have completed the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica for an initial £64m transfer fee.
Nunez’s move to Anfield comes after two successful seasons at Benfica in which the forward scored 48 goals in 85 appearances, with 34 of his 48 goals coming in this season alone.
Liverpool will pay Benfica an initial £64m transfer fee but with add-ons included, the total transfer fee could rise to a club-high £85m deal, which would exceed the current record £75m transfer fee that Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com about his decision to move to Anfield, Nunez said that he was “really happy and delighted” to complete his transfer, as he hailed this season’s domestic cup double winning team as “a massive club,” in his eyes.
The 22 year-old who began his career at Uruguay’s Club Atletico Penarol went on to pay tribute to his partner, son and parents for their support throughout his career so far, as he admitted that he feels “really proud of them” for their faith in his talent and career.
Nunez played and scored in both legs for Benfica in their UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final exit against Liverpool in April, with the Uruguayan believing from first-hand experience for an opposing team that the Reds suits his style of play.
With players like Jordan Henderson, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah at the club, Nunez proceeded to add that he believes that he will fit in well as he said: “There are some great players here and I think it’s going to suit my style of play here.
“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.”
Nunez also spoke of his ambitions to help Liverpool add further success as he looks ahead to a reflective future, as he commented: “You can then imagine yourself winning more trophies and then later on when you come here again and see the trophies on display, you can say, ‘Look, I was a part of that, I was there at that time, winning trophies.
“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.”
Nunez also enjoyed a successful season in La Liga 2 in 2019-20 season as he scored 16 goals in 32 appearances for Almeria, prior to his move to Benfica.
The 22 year-old has also netted twice in 11 senior appearances for Uruguay since 2019.