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Report: 22-year-old no.9 on Manchester City radar, scored 14 goals last season

The Athletic claim that Benfica striker Darwin Nunez is a name currently on Manchester City’s striker shortlist this summer. Pep Guardiola desperately needs to sign a number nine, after the loss of Sergio Aguero to Barcelona. Harry Kane is a top target, but Nunez is also now an option.

Nunez, 22, became Benfica’s club-record signing last summer when the Portuguese outfit splashed £20.5million (Goal) to land his signature. Joining the club after scoring 16 goals in 32 for Almeria, he only managed to net 14 times in 44 games. Uruguay international Nunez did manage 12 assists.

Manchester City have been constantly linked with a move to sign Tottenham striker and England skipper Kane. But he is not the only player on their shortlist. New reports this week say Guardiola is keeping an eye on the future of Robert Lewandowski. But Nunez is on City’s shortlist.

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus told Goal earlier this season that Nunez will be sold for more than Joao Felix – who cost Atletico £107million (Goal): “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.”

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Nunez a good signing for Manchester City if Jesus goes – but not a starter

Realistically, he is not good enough to lead the line for a club that should be right up there for the Premier League and Champions League titles. He is a good striker, he can easily score plenty of goals domestically in Portugal and Spain. He is also more than capable of netting in European competition.

Nunez has also added creativity to his game over the last 12 months. But is he the man to lead City going forward? No. Gabriel Jesus has been linked with the exit door, and if the Brazilian goes – Nunez is a good replacement. But City need a better striker to start, with Nunez or Jesus as back-up.

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