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Report shares how much Liverpool will pay upfront for Darwin Nunez and how deal could cost club-record fee

Darwin Nunez could end up costing Liverpool a club record fee, but they will not pay one upfront, according to a report by the Times.

Liverpool’s transfer operation has moved quickly to get the deal for the Uruguay forward done ahead of Manchester United.

But the Reds also have a strict financial model and the report has shared how the club have made the big-money deal fit within that.

The deal could become a club record one if Liverpool win the Champions League with Nunez in the side, and they were of course beaten in this season’s final by Real Madrid.

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Nunez could cost a club record fee for Liverpool

The report says that Liverpool will pay an initial £64 million upfront to get the striker in from Benfica.

There are then a maximum of around £21 million in add-ons which could be paid, taking the deal to a total cost of £85 million.

That would be a club record fee, eclipsing the £75 million that Virgil van Dijk cost when he came from Southampton.

Benfica will receive £75 million if Nunez plays regularly for Liverpool but the rest of the cash is related to goals scored by the frontman and team success, with the pinnacle being the Champions League.

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It has been reported that van Dijk helped convince Nunez to join Liverpool while playing against him in the Champions League this season.

And Liverpool’s slick transfer operation has sprung into life in recent days to get the deal over the line in a way which suits all parties.

Nunez looks to have all the attributes to succeed in English football but there will be huge expectation created by his transfer fee, even despite Liverpool’s smart approach.

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