Among the many clubs who’ve been linked to Benfica striker Darwin Nunez this season, in the past few weeks there’s been a number of stories reporting interest from Newcastle United.
The 22-year-old is one of several targets who emerged since the Magpies’ takeover, and the club are now considered to be one of the main competitors in the race for him.
So today, with Newcastle mentioned once again, Portuguese newspaper Record features a piece about his situation and his agent’s latest efforts to find the best destination for him.
Representative Edgardo Lasalvia had already spoken to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the Spanish capital last week, and this new piece says he’s also been in Milan to meet Inter Milan and AC Milan.
Those are just some of the clubs who want to soon sign Darwin, but according to Record, they better be prepared to spend big on his transfer. The outlet says that, at least in January, Benfica have no plans of selling him, so it will take the €150m of his release clause to get him out of Lisbon.
That said, if someone offered €100m+, you can bet your right leg they’d take the money.
There’s a bigger chance for a summer move, but that still won’t be cheap, as the Eagles want to break the club’s record by selling the striker for over €120m.
Again, such a figure is unlikely.
The word in the transfer market has been, of course, that money is not a problem for Newcastle. However, with Darwin having several European giants in the chase for him, the Magpies also need good arguments to convince him.
That certainly includes their plans for the next season, as it’d be hard to convince a player who’s wanted by the likes of Milan and Real Madrid to make him choose to play in the Championship instead.