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Mourinho refused to sign Cavani 2.0 at Tottenham; he could reportedly join Newcastle for £43m now

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Mais Futebol revealed this week that Newcastle United have entered talks to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, who was once a target for Tottenham Hotspur as well.

Almost everybody is excited to see what Newcastle will do in January. Next month’s transfer window will be their first under their new owners, and it is arguably their most important one ever.

The Magpies have been linked with plenty of big names already, but Nunez could well be a very smart signing for them. However, if Eddie Howe signs the Uruguayan and he performs well, some Spurs fans will have a reason to be upset.

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Tottenham could’ve beaten everyone else for Nunuez’s signature not too long ago.

Jose Mourinho refused to sign Darwin Nunez at Tottenham

Back in the summer of 2020, Tottenham Hotspur were desperate to sign a new striker. Harry Kane is their undisputed number one, but Mourinho wanted someone to come in and act as a backup.

Spurs were linked with a whole host of strikers and Mourinho decided to go with Carlos Vinicius of Benfica in the end. However, if The Daily Mail are to be believed, Nunez was also a serious option at the time.

The Uruguayan was still in Spain at Almeria in the summer of last year. He was heavily linked with a move to North London, but the report claims that Mourinho, after giving it a thought, decided he didn’t want Nunez in his side.

The striker went to Benfica soon after and become an instant hit there.

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Nunez to Newcastle?

The transfer report that came out this week claimed that Newcastle are in talks with Benfica to sign Nunez next month.

The Uruguayan, compared to Manchester United star Edinson Cavani, has scored 11 goals and has provided two assists in 13 starts for Benfica this season. The Portuguese giants view him as a very important player, but if their valuation of £43 million is met, they are prepared to let him go.

Newcastle already have Callum Wilson and Joelinton up top. However, if a player of Nunez’s quality and potential is available, they should make a move for him next month.

Spurs should already be regretting their decision to ignore Nunez 18 months ago, but if he joins Newcastle now and sets the league on fire, Mourinho may receive a few not-so-friendly messages from fans of his former club.

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