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Liverpool will only pay Benfica an initial £47m for Darwin Nunez

REVEALED: Benfica will only receive £47m of Liverpool’s £64m initial fee for Darwin Nunez with his two former clubs and agents due a whopping £17m… but Portuguese giants could earn £21m in add-ons – including £4m when he plays 10 times!

  • Liverpool sealed the signing of Darwin Nunez for a club-record fee of £85m 
  • But Benfica will only bring home £47m of the £64m initial fee that was discussed
  • Nunez’s two former clubs – Almeria and Penarol – and agents are due some £17m 
  • The fee could go as high as £85m if every add-on is achieved by Nunez at Anfield

Benfica have announced the specifics of Liverpool‘s lucrative deal for Darwin Nunez – with the Portuguese giants only set to bring in £47million of the initial £64m up-front fee.

Nunez will earn around £140,000-a-week at Anfield after putting pen to paper on a six-year deal, and a number of conditions have been placed in his transfer by Benfica to ensure they profit after parting with their top forward. 

The Uruguayan has been one of Europe’s most coveted talents after smashing in 34 goals in 41 games for the Portuguese club, with Liverpool pouncing to secure his signature as they look to the future with both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane both at risk of leaving on free transfers.

Liverpool smashed their transfer record after sealing the £85m signing of Darwin Nunez

Liverpool smashed their transfer record after sealing the £85m signing of Darwin Nunez

Benfica will only receive £47m of Liverpool's £64m initial fee with Nunez's two former clubs and agents due a whopping £17m

Benfica will only receive £47m of Liverpool’s £64m initial fee with Nunez’s two former clubs and agents due a whopping £17m 

A breakdown of the move has now been released by Benfica, who have revealed they will only receive £46.7m of the up-front sum of £64m.

That is because Nunez’s former side Penarol – based in Uruguay – stand to make £1.94m from the transfer, with Spanish side Almeria raking in £8.95m after negotiating a clause in their deal to sell to Benfica. 

In another financial blow, Benfica will miss out on a further 10 per cent of the initial fee to ‘intermediation services’ – which amounts to £6.24m. 

Benfica will be hoping they claw back some of those losses on the performance-related add-ons, that could take the total value of the deal to £85m if every single one is achieved.

According to the Mirror, those include £8.6m for performance-related objectives – individual and collective – £4.3m after he plays 10 games for Jurgen Klopp and another £8.6m when he reaches the 60-game landmark. 

A Benfica statement read: ‘Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD (‘Benfica SAD’) confirms, following the statement released on June 13, 2022, that the transfer of the rights of the player Darwin Nunez to Liverpool is confirmed FC, for the amount of €75million. 

Liverpool will then pay £21m in add-ons - including £8.5m for reaching 60 games - that could take the deal to £85m

Liverpool will then pay £21m in add-ons – including £8.5m for reaching 60 games – that could take the deal to £85m

‘It is further explained that Liverpool FC will be entitled to retain the solidarity mechanism for further distribution to the clubs that participated in the player’s training.

‘Additionally, Benfica SAD will have charges for intermediation services of 10% of the sale value deducted from the solidarity amount and will also have to deliver to UD Almeria the amount corresponding to 20% of the value of the capital gain obtained with this transfer, up to a limit of €10million.’ 

Speaking after his Liverpool move was officially secured, Nunez said he felt his style was a perfect fit for Anfield. 

‘I’m really happy and delighted to be here at Liverpool. It’s a massive club,’ Nunez told the club’s official website.

The 22-year-old Uruguay international joins an extremely talented attack under Jurgen Klopp

The 22-year-old Uruguay international joins an extremely talented attack under Jurgen Klopp

‘I’d like to thank my partner and my parents and my son, who is a real source of pride for me. They’ve been really important to me in the stages in my career. I’m really proud of them, and for the work we do, me and my partner, as a team and I’m grateful to her that I’m here.

‘It’s a pleasure to be here in Liverpool and I’m very happy to be a part of this great club.

‘I’ve played against Liverpool and I’ve seen them in lots of games in the Champions League, and it’s my style of play. There are some great players here and I think it’s going to suit my style of play here.

‘As I say, I’ve watched quite a lot and it’s a very big club and I hope I can give everything that I’ve got in order to help the team.’


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