LISBON, PORTUGAL - APRIL 05: Darwin Nunez of S.L. Benfica celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between SL Benfica and Liverpool FC at Estadio da Luz on April 05, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues - UEFA)

Liverpool FC close to final agreement for Darwin Nunez transfer

Liverpool are closing in on Darwin Nunez, with the Reds and Benfica not far off from “striking an agreement” for the forward, with the deal now only needing the finishing touches.

It’s only a matter of time before the 22-year-old is officially a Liverpool player, with a deal moving forward at a rapid pace.

On Saturday there have been reports of Nunez missing Uruguay’s clash with Panama to finalise his move, which remains to be seen if it’s true, while others talked of negotiations being ongoing.

Now, the reliable David Lynch has reported that “Liverpool putting the finishing touches to a deal with Benfica,” with “some details to iron out.”

Those details pertain to the add-ons and the figure Benfica are guaranteed to receive, with up £68 million expected as the initial fee, with up to a further £17 million for various add-ons.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - Tuesday, April 5, 2022: Benfica's Darwin Nunez during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg game between SL Benfica and Liverpool FC at the Estádio da Luz. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is a deal that could see Virgil van Dijk no longer lay claim to Liverpool’s club-record transfer fee, with £75 million parted with for the defender in 2018.

Lynch goes on to say that the “clubs [are] close to striking an agreement,” with personal terms with Nunez already agreed for what is expected to be a five-year contract.

The respected Paul Joyce, from the Times, goes on to say that Liverpool are trying to “persuade Benfica to accept an up-front fee for Nunez closer to £60m.”

The Portuguese side are eyeing closer to £68 million, plus add-ons, and thus talks between the two parties are still ongoing over the final details of the fee.

The 22-year-old scored 34 goals in 41 games for Benfica in 2021/22 and could be one of two transfers in quick succession, with Aberdeen’s Calvin Ramsay also expected to join for £4 million.