Benfica boss sends Darwin Nunez transfer pricing warning after Man Utd scouting mission

Darwin Nunez has attracted interest from the Premier League, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle and West Ham touted as potential suitors for the Benfica star

Nelson Verissimo hopes Benfica can stand close to the astronomical fee for Joao Felix Manchester United Target Darwin Nunez eventually leaves the club.

Nunez took his season tally to 31 in all competitions on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick in Benfica’s 3-1 win over Belenenses. It’s the type of shape that has attracted the interest of clubs across Europe, including the First League.

The Uruguay international also hit the net during his team effort Champions League crash into it Liverpool mid-week, with the Portuguese giants ultimately losing 3-1. According to the daily express, United and arsenal Scouts were in Lisbon to watch the quarter-final clash and the race to sign Nunez promises to be hotly contested.

But following the win, Verissimo admits interest in the striker is to be expected and warned any potential suitor will have to pay a premium to approach the £113m Atletico Madrid paid for Joao Felix in July 2019. “What are you doing? “Darwin is an excellent player, he showed all his quality. He helped the team a lot, it’s true that the team helped him a lot too,” explained the Benfica boss.

“He’s a young player with a lot of potential. It’s natural that given his growth this season and also his performance in the Champions League games, he naturally arouses the interest of the big European clubs.

“It will be at the end of this season or the following season, depending on what it has shown, it is natural that it will attract interest from other clubs and of course there may be when it goes. Now for the numbers, as a Benfica fan I hope there will be numbers close to João Félix’s. Now it’s not my job to enter numbers in this field.

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Darwin Nunez has scored 31 goals in all competitions this season

“In my day-to-day life with the player, in what you see us doing in training and in the game, obviously we are in front of a different player and all the different players attract the interest of the big European clubs. Darwin is obviously on this property.”

Ahead of a possible blockbuster transfer this summer, Nunez confirmed he has left agent Edgardo Lasalvia with the expectation that he will join Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute talent stable. “I want to make it clear that I will not be renewing my contract with my agent Edgardo Lasalvia,” he wrote on social media earlier this week. “I also want to clarify that neither my family nor I have received any threats [to remain with Lasalvia] and we’re fine.”

Ralf Rangnick has already admitted it is “obvious” United will be in the market for a younger striker this summer Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, and 34-year-old Edinson Cavani are their two starting options. “Edison’s contract runs out in the summer and the club need the best possible centre-forward,” he said earlier this year. “Its obvious. I think everyone is aware of that.”

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