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Manchester City have reportedly set their sights on Darwin Nunez, a player who has been tipped for stardom.

According to The Athletic, the Citizens hierarchy has the Benfica striker on their shortlist.

Given Sergio Aguero left the Etihad at the end of last season, Pep Guardiola could do with a new striker.

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The Athletic claims Harry Kane is the Manchester City top target but negotiating with Spurs is never an easy task.

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But Nunez is also an exciting proposition and Manchester City fans should be excited about speculation linking their club with the Uruguayan.

The 6ft 2in ace is a top talent who is expected to grow into a world class player.

Nunez: The story so far

Nunez became Benfica’s club-record signing last summer when the Portuguese outfit spent £20.5million ( to land his signature.

The 22-year-old had previously shone at Almeria, scoring 16 goals and claiming two assists from 30 Spanish second-tier games.

And prior to that, Nunez came through the ranks at Penarol, where he won the Uruguayan league title in 2018.

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Admittedly, the striker struggled a little in his maiden season in Portugal amid injury and illness issues.

He got 14 goals from 44 appearances, including nine in the Primeira Liga, but he did also register 12 assists in all competitions.

In addition, he has won four caps for Uruguay, netting twice – not a bad CV for someone who’s just turned 22.

Nunez’s contract with Benfica is reportedly worth £37,000-a-week and runs until 2025.

Nunez’s style of play

But what makes Nunez such an exciting proposition?

Here is what Breaking the Lines wrote about the Uruguayan at the start of the year.

“Darwin Nunez is a shotgun striker, so to speak,” they began.

“His movement menacingly incalculable, whilst his killer instincts remain a factor for his foes to be wary of, worried about, but with little by way of averting the inevitable.

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“In no uncertain terms, the inevitable tends to be the Benfica forward’s rocket-fuelled right foot… but his overpowering presence appears in many forms.

“Interestingly, the Uruguay international has had quite the contrast across competitions when it comes to goal contribution, which has a lot to do with his versatility in the final third.

“In Primeira Liga, he has showcased his ability to control the left flank, bullying the right-back with sublime power and pace to carry Benfica forward and turn opposing defenders towards their own goal with his bursts on and off the ball.

“Meanwhile, in the Europa League thus far, the Uruguayan’s tendencies to terrorise lie more centrally, where he links up play effortlessly with his back to goal before busting a gut to get in and around the box much more often than in the league.”

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What peers have said about Nunez

After Nunez scored a hat-trick in the Europa League last season, Benfica boss Jorge Jesus told SportTV, as per “All this decision-making ability, finishing and speed.

“He was Benfica’s most expensive purchase, and when there is no pandemic, he will be the most expensive sale.

“He will be a world-class player. Unfortunately for me, maybe I will lose him in a short time.”

And last year, former Napoli winger Mariano Bogliacino compared Nunez to Edinson Cavani, in conversation with Radio Kiss Kiss.

“(Nunez) is a fast, very strong attacker,” he said.

“He has physical strength and good instincts, like Cavani… he can thrive in the penalty area.”

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