The race for Darwin Nunez will be one of the most-watched transfer stories this summer, with several clubs chasing the signature of the Benfica striker, who is valued at €72m by the Portuguese side according to daily Mail.
Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham and Liverpool are all clubs said to be interested in the striker according to the Mail, and Paris Saint-Germain also joined the race recently, which was reported by The Guardian. Todovichages.
Of all these clubs, Newcastle have now taken the lead according to TodoFichajeswhich is the same source that reported the interest in Paris Saint-Germain.
Nunez is said to be a transfer dream for Magpies, who are carefully planning the next steps in their development as they attempt to carve their way up the Premier League table.
The Daily Mail reports that Newcastle have already offered €59m (£49m) to Benfica for the striker and it can only be assumed that this is just their initial offer.
Magpies have plenty of cash after their latest acquisition and if they really want Nunez they will have to pay big, as it will be difficult to convince the 22-year-old to join the rival clubs in the Champions League, whose offers will be similar to Newcastle.
This would be a huge coup for Eddie Howe and Newcastle, as the striker could be like Sergio Aguero for Manchester City as they rise to the top of the English game.
Although they took the lead in bidding on the striker, it is up to Uruguay whether he wants to play Champions League football now or join the Magpie project.
Arsenal will need a replacement for Alexandre Lacazat, who is set to leave Arsenal in the summer, and the 22-year-old could be a strong partner for Ronaldo at Man United, who is looking to make a fresh start under Erik ten Hag next season.
Nunez’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, and the young striker has scored an astonishing 33 goals in 38 games this season for Benfica.