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Report: Arsenal showed interest in 'tremendous' player, but now he's set to sign for Liverpool instead

Liverpool might be close to signing Darwin Nunez from Benfica but it’s a case of what might have been for clubs like Arsenal.

Nunez is apparently edging closer to a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool believing they have won the race to sign the striker. Should he arrive on Merseyside, it’s believed he will cost north of £80m for the Reds.

And while Liverpool fans will rightly celebrate the signing of one of Europe’s most in-demand forwards, Arsenal fans will be left wondering where they were in all this, with ESPN reporting that the Gunners had held an interest in signing Nunez themselves.

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Of course, Arsenal are desperate to sign a new striker this summer and are continuing to pursue a host of attacking options. Gabriel Jesus is the most strongly linked, while Gianluca Scamacca has also been mentioned. However, the name of Darwin Nunez would have gone down swimmingly at The Emirates.

Nunez rattled in more than 30 goals last season for Benfica and scored twice against Liverpool in the Champions League. He is considered a home run signing, and is set to be Liverpool’s stellar replacement for the departing Sadio Mane.

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Ah, the old recurring theme of Arsenal being keen on a top striker and not landing them. This happened with Dusan Vlahovic and so far, seems to be on course to happen again.

While the transfer window is very much in its infancy and not officially even open in England, the longer Arsenal go without signing a forward, the more their fans will worry.

It is imperative the Gunners sign a new striker. And a good one at that. Their interest in Nunez is admirable but, alas, they’ve fallen short once again it seems.

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