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Barcelona’s sporting director Ramon Planes scouted Darwin Nunez this weekend as the battle hots up to sign the Arsenal linked Benfica striker, as reported by Sport.

Well, Jorge Jesus saw this coming a mile off.

The Benfica boss said only a month ago that a tenacious, tigerish centre-forward so frequently labelled the ‘new Edinson Cavani’ would soon start attracting interest from the biggest clubs on the planet.

After all, he does have the potential to become a truly ‘world-class player’ (Goal).

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What’s more, Jesus thinks, when the time comes to leave the Estadio da Luz, Nunez could cost more than the £113 million Atletico Madrid paid for Joao Felix.

Such a fee would surely rule Arsenal and a cash-strapped Barcelona side out of contention.

FourFourTwo believe that Mikel Arteta’s misfiring Gunners are big fans of Nunez, perhaps viewing the 21-year-old poacher as the ideal addition to an ailing front line.

Alexandre Lacazette continues to toil in the Premier League, while captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hasn’t scored for around 900 minutes of top-flight football.

Goals are required – and that is a trade Nunez knows all about.

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In a boost to Arsenal’s chances, Sport suggests that a Barca side in dire financial straits are not planning to make a move for Nunez before 2022. That did not stop the crisis-hit La Liga giants from sending their sporting director, Planes, to watch the South American in action during Benfica’s 2-1 victory over Pacos Ferreira on Sunday.

Interestingly, Tottenham Hotspur showed an interest in Nunez when he was still playing in Spain’s second tier for Almeria.

But, according to the Mail, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho decided to put his faith in Carlos Vinicius instead. Ironically enough, Nunez has since replaced Vinicius in the Portuguese capital with six goals and six assists in 13 games.

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