Man Utd, Newcastle told target ‘will leave’ this summer but ‘€75m could not be enough’

Date published: Saturday 30th April 2022 12:11 - Lewis Oldham

Man Utd target Darwin Nunez

According to reports, Man Utd and Newcastle United target Darwin Nunez ‘will leave’ Benfica this summer but he may cost more than €75m.

Man Utd and Newcastle are reportedly two of the clubs interested in signing Nunez.

Benfica paid a club-record fee to sign Nunez for €24m in 2020 from Spanish side Almeria.

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The 22-year-old netted 14 goals last season and his performances have stepped up a level this term.

He had grabbed 33 goals from his 39 appearances across all competitons. This includes 25 in 26 games in the Primeira Liga.

Fabrizio Romano has now revealed via Twitter that Nunez ‘will leave’ Benfica during the summer transfer window.

He does state though that ‘€75m now could not be enough’ to buy the in-form forward.

Elsewhere, ex-England international Joe Cole thinks Bruno Fernandes has “struggled at Man Utd this season because their play hasn’t “flowing through him”.

The Portugal international has still contributed nine goals and six assists in the Premier League for the Red Devils this season but it’s some way short of the 18 goals and 12 assists he got last term.

Fernandes has not been helped by the team’s general below-par displays under Ralf Rangnick but the 27-year-old has now failed to make a goal contribution for Man Utd in over two months.

“Bruno is what I like to call a high-tariff player,” former Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole said.

“He takes risks with the ball, he likes to be the player everything goes through and he’s a tremendous footballer with great technical ability.

“But I think he’s struggled with the pressure on his shoulders. The team just isn’t working this season. And I feel like Bruno operates a lot better when things are flowing through him.

“At the moment, obviously you’ve got [Cristiano] Ronaldo, and he becomes the pivotal point. Bruno is a rhythm player and needs things going through him and he’ll take chances. And when it doesn’t work, then I feel like he struggles.

“It highlights the other side of his game, he’s not an amazing presser, he’s not physically good. He’s like a quarterback, he needs to be dictating the play.”


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