Darwin Nunez's Deal With Liverpool

Paying £68m fixed, with £17m in add-ons: Portuguese media reveal the details of Liverpool's deal for Darwin Nunez - with negotiations 'very advanced' following a second bid... but Benfica still wants more.

Liverpool's swoop for Benfica forward Darwin Nunez comprises a £68million fee upfront and at least £17m in add-ons, according to Portuguese media reports on Thursday morning.

Liverpool's move for the Uruguay striker had accelerated on Wednesday when Sportsmail reported the Reds were prepared to break their transfer record to land the forward.

He will fill the void left by Sadio Mane's impending exit, with the Senegal striker expected to join Bayern Munich sooner than later. Two Portuguese publications, O Jogo and A Bola report that Liverpool first offered £60m up front and £25m in bonuses, which Benfica turned down.

But they add that when Liverpool returned with the £68m figure up front, Benfica's response has been to consider the offer.  A Bola also claims that the Portuguese giants hope to get more cash out of Liverpool before parting ways with their star player.

Record, another Portuguese paper, led their front page on Thursday with the headline 'Jackpot Darwin' and reported the same structure regarding how Liverpool will pay the transfer fee.

They all say that negotiations are advanced, and the deal could be wrapped up by the weekend for the attacker, who is expected to sign a five-year contract.

The £85m transfer would be a new record for Liverpool, eclipsing the £75m they paid for defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in 2017.

Nunez, who can play on the left and through the middle, scored six goals in the Champions League last season, two of which came in the quarter-finals against Liverpool and made a significant impression on Jurgen Klopp.