Brighton & Hove Albion had a genuine interest in taking Almería’s Darwin Núñez this summer, if reports coming out of the Spanish press were to be believed.

Three days ago, we carried a report from AS, who explained the Seagulls had tabled a new offer of €25m plus bonuses for the striker, a week after making a lower bid.

It was also suggested Graham Potter’s side had ‘overtaken’ Benfica in the race for the 21-year-old.

On Wednesday, A Bola also reported the Premier League club’s offer for the Uruguay international, but stressed he was keen on joining the Portuguese side.

AS now states Benfica have been successful in beating competition from Brighton and other clubs in securing the South American’s signature. As per the report, the Eagles have managed to find an agreement for the transfer on Wednesday.

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It’s claimed the operation wasn’t easy because the English club offered in excess of €20m, which forced Benfica to put a €25m proposal on the table for the Almería star.

Núñez has also confirmed his move to Benfica and revealed he’s agreed a five-year contract with them. 

“I am very grateful to President Turki [Al-Sheikh], to Mohamed [El Assy], to Joao… to all who make up the Almeria family. I have signed for five years at Benfica, it is a good step in my career. I will always follow Almeria,” he told La Voz de Almería.

Núñez finished his debut season in Europe with 16 goals and three assists in all competitions.