Brighton and Hove Albion have made a club-record £27 million bid for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez – but will Premier League rivals Southampton make a move of their own for the ‘new Edinson Cavani’?
The answer to that particular question remains, for the moment, uncertain.
One thing’s for sure, after being stunned by Danny Ings’ sudden move to Aston Villa, Southampton will be in the market for a centre-forward during the final few weeks of the transfer window.
How much the Saints are willing to pay, however, remains to be seen.
Ings’ £30 million departure means Southampton suddenly have cash to burn and, given the likes of Tammy Abraham and Adam Armstrong aren’t short of alternative offers, it makes sense for the South Coast club to cast its net far and wide.
Could Darwin Nunez replace Danny Ings at Southampton?
Southampton made an £11 million bid for Nunez a year ago, when the Uruguay international was strutting his stuff in the second tier of Spanish football with UD Almeria.
12 months on, a striker often compared to Edinson Cavani for his fearsome finishing skills, relentless work ethic and electrifying movement, would cost a darn sight more.
During his debut season with Benfica, Nunez produced an impressive 14 goals and 12 assists.
Brighton are also long-time admirers and, according to Calciomercato, have offered £27 million plus bonuses, a fee that would see Nunez replace Alireza Jahanbakhsh as the most expensive player in the club’s history.
And, after Benfica added Euro 2020 star Roman Yaremchuk to an already stocked front line – veteran coach Jorge Jesus can also call on Haris Seferovic, Luca Waldschmidt, Carlos Vinicius and the highly rated Goncalo Ramos – the Lisbon giants would surely sell Nunez at the right price.
That ‘price’, however, is likely to be a hefty one – more than Aston Villa paid for Ings in fact.