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Reports from Portugal have recently suggested Manchester City could target Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, with the most recent report suggesting that Pep Guardiola has ordered his scouts to keep an eye on the 21-year-old.
The forward has contributed six magnificent goals and five assists in 12 appearances in all competitions for the Liga NOS team, averaging a strong 7.13 rating for his performances in the Portuguese top flight, while his performance in the Europa League has resulted in an incredible 8.11 rating (per Who scored).
This currently ranks him as the third best player in that competition thus far, so it’s no surprise to learn that he’s drawing interest from Manchester City.
Should City sign Núñez?
Núñez’s coach Jorge Jesús praised the young forward after he scored his Europa League debut with a hat-trick against Lech Poznan earlier this season, saying:
“We did it well. We must not forget that he is a boy, he is 21 years old, there is much about the game that he does not know yet. He will learn with me and with Benfica.
“All this capacity for decision, completion and speed … It was Benfica’s most expensive purchase, and when there is no pandemic, it will be the most expensive sale. He will be a world class player.
“Unfortunately for me, I might lose it before long.” (by objective)
Jesús is tipping Núñez to be Benfica’s most expensive sale, even though he received a whopping £ 113 million for Joao Félix when United Atlético de Madrid in 2019, which suggests that if City want to sign Núñez, then it won’t come cheap.
However, the Citizens need a prolific scorer to replace Manchester City legend Sergio Agüero, who looks increasingly likely to leave this summer when his the contract ends, so perhaps Núñez could be the Argentine’s long-term replacement, considering that he has 25 goals in his first 65 appearances in senior football.
Reports certainly suggest that Guardiola is eager to sign him in the future, so the 21-year-old is certainly one that City fans should keep an eye on.
And, in other news … Man City can save £ 45 million by keeping faith in the 26-year-old beast.