Manchester United have already established contact with Benfica over a potential deal for Darwin Nunez.
That’s according to journalist Ryan Taylor, who was speaking to GiveMeSport.
New United boss Erik ten Hag is preparing for his first summer transfer window at the club.
On Monday, the Dutchman officially began work at Old Trafford, having opted to make an early start.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, ‘sources close’ to Benfica think that 22-year-old forward Nunez will be available for around €60million (£51million).
CBS reporter James Benge also said last week that the Uruguayan was on ‘Ten Hag’s list‘.
Taylor thinks that United will look to support Ronaldo with the addition to another no. 9.
They admire Nunez and have opened a dialogue both with Benfica and his camp to establish the feasibility of a move.
“I do sort of question where United’s priorities lie; it’s probably a striker to help Ronaldo,” he told GMS.
“So, Darwin Nunez, I know he’s a player definitely that United like, and they’ve initiated contact with Benfica and his agent to sort of gauge what kind of price tag would be enough to get him.”
Nunez very much looks like an elite striker in the making.
He’s enjoyed an outstanding season, netting a remarkable 34 times in 41 appearances across all competitions, averaging one every 82.9 minutes.
The Primeira Liga may be outside Europe’s top five divisions, but Nunez has also delivered on the Champions League stage with six goals in ten appearances, including two against Barcelona, two against Liverpool and one against Bayern Munich.
Fresh blood may be needed in that position, especially a young goalscorer in red-hot form hailed as ‘brilliant‘ by former top-flight striker Kevin Campbell.