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Keeping Darwin Nunez out of Liverpool was ‘completely impossible’, claims Benfica president Rui Costa
Keeping Darwin Nunez was ‘completely impossible’, claims Benfica president Rui Costa – as he insists the £85 million sale of £85m star to Liverpool will help, was ‘not negotiable’ as ‘we are still coming out of the pandemic’
- Darwin Nunez sale to Liverpool defended by Benfica president Rui Costa
- The striker came to the Reds in the summer for a potential club record of £85million
- Costa claims the money will help the Portuguese side in the football market
- Nunez has scored just two goals in five games since signing for Liverpool
Benfica chairman Rui Costa believes the sale of striker Darwin Nunez to Liverpool is a more than ‘justified’ decision due to the financial resources involved in the deal.
Nunez traded the beaches of Lisbon for the port area of Liverpool during the summer transfer window in a deal worth potentially £85 million, surpassing the club record £75 million paid to Southampton in 2018 for Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds have paid £64million upfront to sign the Uruguayan, but so far he has struggled to prove he was worth such a high fee.
Benfica president Rui Costa (right) has said the fee for Darwin Nunez ‘justified’ his sale
Despite the Community Shield winning goal against Manchester City and in his Premier League debut against Fulham, Nunez hasn’t seen many highlights in a Liverpool shirt, having been suspended three games so far for a headbutt from Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen. before returning in the 0-0 draw against Everton.
Nunez was also unable to find the net against Napoli in the Champions League, as Liverpool were beaten 4-1 in Naples.
During his time at Benfica, however, the 23-year-old was one of the most prolific forwards in Europe last season, as he scored 32 goals in just 40 appearances in all competitions, including two against the Reds in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Striker Darwin Nunez (left) has struggled to achieve his best form so far since joining Liverpool
Costa has defended the decision to sell Nunez as he believes the finances involved in the deal will help the club move forward in the football market as they struggled previously due to the pandemic.
He told BTV: ‘We are talking about one of the highest transfers on the market. We are still coming out of a pandemic situation, which held back the football market. A sale of €75 + €25 million is not up for discussion.
‘The sale of Darwin is more than justified. There weren’t even any conditions to keep him, it was completely impossible, for the values that came into the club and for what Darwin earned next.’
Since the sale of Nunez, Benfica has started the new season in good form, winning all six Liga Portugal matches and the Champions League group stage opener against Maccabi Haifa.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (pictured) hopes Nunez starts scoring regularly