Manchester United transfer target Darwin Nunez will leave Benfica ‘100%’ this summer, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Romano told his Here We Go podcast that Nunez has decided to leave the Portuguese club.
Nunez scored 34 goals for Benfica in all competitions, including the strike that knocked Erik ten Hag’s Ajax out of the Champions League.
A Bola have reported that United have scouted Nunez, and The Athletic claims the Red Devils are among the first to sign him.
Darwin Nunez will leave “100%”
Romano explained: “He had an incredible season. He made a decision. He will leave Benfica this summer, 100%.
“I see a lot of rumors about him but I’m told he’s really tempted by the Premier League, he would like a move to the Premier League.
“This summer let’s see what happens, many clubs interested, but Manchester United have discussed his name internally on several occasions, and so I would keep the name Darwin Nunez for Manchester United, he’s a player for sure , which is on the list.”
Romano’s comments contradict a claim by French outlet RMC Sport that Nunez has rejected a move to the Premier League.
Manchester United are still crying out for Nunez’s signature, if that’s the route Erik ten Hag decides to take.
Athletic claimed last week that Nunez could cost as little as £51million, which would be a pretty good sum to get him, if possible, but his release clause is double the price.
If Nunez insists on a move and restricts a choice of clubs, then he will hold the cards, rather than Benfica.
Manchester United need a striker, with Edinson Cavani leaving, and Nunez is his long-term replacement for Uruguay.
Another option is Lille striker Jonathan David, with CBS Sports reporting that he is a player of interest to Ten Hag. It was also on our list of five Nunez alternatives last week.