Darwin Nunez looks set to be one of the most sought-after names in world football this summer, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United all thought to be chasing his signature. The Uruguayan has captured the attention of some of Europe’s biggest club’s following a stellar season with Benfica.
Arsenal are tracking Benfica striker Nunez ahead of a potential summer move, football.londonunderstands. Gunners’ technical director Edu is in contact with the representatives of Nunez and has shortlisted the forward as a possible summer signing.
The Gunners are looking to add at least two strikers to their squad following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s January exit. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are also likely to follow suit as their contracts run out at the end of June.
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Tammy Abraham, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alexander Isak and Jonathan David are all also admired by certain figures within Arsenal. football.london revealed in January that Edu had met with the agent of Canada striker David, who is currently one of the most sought-after prospects in European football.
But it looks as though Nunez will be available for a fee in the region of €80million (£66.8million) if the latest report from transfer guru Fabrizio Romano is to be believed. The Italian journalist wrote on Twitter: “Darwin Nunez will leave Benfica in the summer, fee around €80million. His new agent will now meet with many top clubs to explore opportunities. Man United already discussed his name internally – Arsenal wanted him last January as [did] West Ham but Darwin was not for sale.”
Whether Arsenal are willing to pay that sort of money remains to be seen. A transfer of that value would make Nunez the second most expensive signing in the north London club’s history behind £72million star, Nicolas Pepe.