Incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly relying on Benfica star Darwin Nunez to guide the membership’s assault subsequent season, which seemingly spells hassle for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Uruguay worldwide has been in sensational type for the Portuguese giants this time period, notching 34 targets in all competitions, and that has led to loads of hypothesis over his future.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is thought to be an enormous admirer of the 22-year-old. Certainly, the Reds acquired a first-hand glimpse of the striker once they confronted Benfica within the Champions League quarter-finals, with Nunez truly scoring twice within the tie.
The prolific frontman won’t come low-cost, nonetheless, with Benfica wanting round £85million for his providers.
That type of price would come near smashing United’s switch file. Nonetheless, the truth that Nunez has scored extra targets than Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial mixed this season seemingly makes him well worth the cash – within the present striker market.
The report from File provides that Ten Hag views Nunez as the proper No.9 in his new United aspect. Nonetheless, that simply provides to the doubts over Ronaldo’s Previous Trafford future.
The Purple Devils legend has been the shining gentle in a woeful marketing campaign for United, scoring 24 occasions. However regardless of that rumours proceed that he may very well be ousted when Ten Hag takes cost in the summertime.
No bench function for Ronaldo
The 37-year-old nonetheless has a yr remaining on his Previous Trafford contract. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless unclear what kind of path Ten Hag desires to go in together with his assault subsequent season.
Spending greater than £80m on Nunez would possible relegate Ronaldo to a bench function, which he wouldn’t settle for.
The opposite choices are to play the Portuguese out vast or as a No.10. Nonetheless, he doesn’t have the legs to chase again in these positions.
One man who thinks Nunez could be an enormous success in Manchester is former United star Diego Forlan.
The Uruguayan mentioned of his compatriot just lately: “I feel that he’s an excellent participant, child who’s doing rather well at Benfica and is having fun with a robust season.
“It’s not simply the Portuguese league the place he’s doing properly however within the Champions League too.
“He’s a participant who has a number of potential and he might slot in at Manchester United.
“However clearly, everybody must have endurance, though he’s getting higher with increasingly more expertise.”
Nunez could be a Premier League sensation
Nunez has all of the attributes to succeed as a Premier League striker at a prime membership, as Liverpool came upon within the Champions League.
He has first rate tempo, is robust within the air and is a deadly finisher. They’re all traits shared by Ronaldo, however Nunez is 15 years his junior and United might miss out of among the finest younger strikers in world soccer in the event that they let him slip by way of the web.
The very fact that also they are set to overlook out on Manchester Metropolis-bound Erling Haaland might make United twitchy and really feel like they must make a press release signing of their very own.
And though Nunez just isn’t fairly at Haaland’s stage but, the sensation is that he’s not that distant.
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