Liverpool’s official announcement for new club-record signing Darwin Nunez is imminent as he is set to complete his £85million move from Benfica.
The 22-year-old will undoubtedly receive exceptional treatment at Anfield upon his arrival, although he is yet to choose his preferred shirt number. He’s spoiled for choice with 10 possible numbers to choose from.
Nunez has always worn the Lisbon side’s No.9 shirt since his transfer from Almeria in 2020 but will however have to settle for another shirt number at Anfield. The Primeira Liga’s top scorer last season scored 34 goals in 41 appearances in this numbered shirt.
Roberto Firmino will continue as the long-serving striker to wear the No.9 shirt. On international duty for Uruguay, Nunez wears the No.11 shirt but that number won’t be available anytime soon, as the Reds legend Mohamed Salah has one year left on his current contract.
Former Reds star Luis Enrique advised the 22-year-old to opt for the No.10 shirt instead. looks like it,” he wrote on Twitter.
Sadio Mane is set to leave for German giants Bayern Munich this summer as his eight-year relationship with the club is set to come to an end. But the Germans’ pursuit of the Senegal international has not been straightforward, with two offers of £25m and £30m rejected by the Merseyside club.
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The current numbers vacated at Anfield are numbers 2, 16, 19, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 and 31. The striker who started his career with Penarol wore numbers 24 and 29 during his youth career and could choose a number that has sentimental value to him.
Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, was already familiar with the Uruguayan’s talents from the moment the Reds faced Benfica in the Champions League quarter-finals. “Very handsome boy, eh? And a decent player too!” Said the boss.
“Really good, really good, you have to say. Knew it before, of course, but he played quite a bit in front of me with his difficult battles with Ibou Konaté. Physically strong, quick, calmer around his arrival, when he finished the goal off, he was really calm. Good, really, really good. How do you say in these situations… If he stays healthy, it’s a great career ahead of him.
The deal will see the highly rated striker arrive at Anfield on a six-year deal after a two-year spell with the Eagles. Liverpool will fork out £64 in initial fees, with the rest expected to come in the form of add-ons.