Darwin Nunez has moved a stage closer to completing his £85million transfer to Liverpool after personal terms were reportedly agreed between club and player.
The Reds are poised to smash their transfer record to sign the 22-year-old Uruguay and Benfica striker with the deal comprised of a £68m fee up front and at least £17m in add-ons.
Nunez scored 34 goals for Benfica last season, including two against Liverpool in Europe
The Athletic reported on Thursday that personal terms have been agreed between Nunez and the Anfield club but nothing has yet been signed.
Negotiations over the way the move will be structured are ongoing but Portuguese newspapers revealed that Benfica rejected Liverpool’s initial offer of £60m plus £25m in bonuses.
However, the Portuguese club came to the negotiating table when Liverpool increased their up front figure to £68m.
The overall £85m transfer fee would eclipse the £75m Liverpool paid for defender Virgil van Dijk in 2017.
The 22-year-old was also wanted by Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Newcastle
Nunez, who can play on the left as well as through the middle, scored six goals in the Champions League last season, two of which came in the quarter-finals against Liverpool and he made a significant impression on Klopp.
Overall, Nunez scored 34 goals in all competition for Benfica last season.
Liverpool’s manager said in April of the 22-year-old: ‘A good looking boy, huh? And a decent player as well! Really good, really good. I knew before, of course, but he played pretty much in front of me with his tough battles with Ibrahima Konate.
Nunez is a powerful presence up front and has become a regular for Uruguay’s national team
‘He was physically strong, quick, was calm around his finish. Good, really good. I always say in these situations if he is healthy, it’s a big career ahead of him.’
Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Newcastle were also linked with moves for Nunez this summer, but it is Klopp and Liverpool who are in the driving seat.
Mane, meanwhile, was the subject of a second bid from Bayern Munich that totalled £30million on Wednesday.
Liverpool treated it the same way as the one they received over the weekend, dismissing immediately with the feeling that the offer was derisory.