Maintaining Darwin Nunez was ‘fully not possible’, claims Benfica president Rui Costa – as he insists the sale of £85m star man to Liverpool was ‘not open to dialogue’ as a result of ‘we’re nonetheless popping out of the pandemic’
- Sale of Darwin Nunez to Liverpool defended by Benfica president Rui Costa
- The striker joined the Reds in the summertime for a possible membership file £85million
- Costa claims the cash will assist the Portuguese facet within the soccer market
- Nunez has scored simply two targets in 5 video games since signing for Liverpool
Nunez swapped the seashores of Lisbon for the docklands of Liverpool in the summertime switch window in a deal price doubtlessly £85million, which might surpass the membership file £75m paid to Southampton for Virgil van Dijk in 2018.
The Reds paid a payment of £64m up entrance to signal the Uruguayan, however up to now he has struggled to show he was price such a giant payment.
Benfica president Rui Costa (proper) has mentioned the payment for Darwin Nunez ‘justified’ his sale
Regardless of scoring the profitable objective within the Group Protect in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and on his Premier League debut in opposition to Fulham, Nunez has not skilled many highs in a Liverpool shirt as far as he has spent three video games suspended for head-butting Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen, earlier than making his return within the 0-0 draw in opposition to Everton.
Nunez was additionally unable to seek out the web in opposition to Napoli within the Champions League as Liverpool have been thrashed 4-1 in Naples.
Nonetheless throughout his time at Benfica, the 23-year-old was one of the vital prolific forwards in Europe final season as he netted 32 targets in solely 40 appearances in all competitions, together with two in opposition to the Reds within the Champions League quarter-finals.
Striker Darwin Nunez (left) has up to now struggled to hit his greatest type since becoming a member of Liverpool
Costa has defended the choice to promote Nunez as he believes the funds concerned within the deal will assist the membership within the soccer market going ahead as they’ve beforehand struggled as a result of pandemic.
He advised BTV: ‘We’re speaking about one of many highest transfers of the market. We’re nonetheless popping out of a pandemic state of affairs, which held again the soccer market. Making a sale of €75+€25m isn’t open to dialogue.
‘The sale of Darwin is greater than justified. There weren’t even situations to maintain him, it was fully not possible, for the values that got here into the membership and for what Darwin went on to earn.’
Since promoting Nunez, Benfica have began the brand new season in good type, profitable all six of their Liga Portugal video games and their Champions League group stage opener in opposition to Maccabi Haifa.
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp (pictured) shall be hoping Nunez begins scoring repeatedly