Liverpool will pay Benfica £4m after Darwin Nunez featured for the Reds against Rangers in the Champions League Matchday four clash. Liverpool pummelled Rangers 7-1, with Darwin Nunez recording his name on the score sheet.
Liverpool has triggered a first transfer clause in the Darwin Nunez deal after featuring the former Benfica forward in their Champions League clash against Rangers.
The Reds have to fork out £4m for Benfica due to a clause attached to the Nunez deal.
Liverpool signed Darwin Nunez, 23, for a record £84m fee from the Portuguese side during the just concluded summer transfer window.
Details from the Liverpool deal with Benfica to sign the Uruguayan has shown that the Reds paid £65m upfront while the rest comes as bonuses.
According to the terms of the agreement, after ten appearances, Liverpool was to fulfill the first part of the financial obligation by paying £4m to Benfica.
Nunez made his 10th appearance for the Anfield club in the Champions League clash with Rangers, meaning that the Reds will now pay the agreed amount as the first installment payment (£4m) to the Benfica account.
The £4m is just the first phase of the agreed installments. When Nunez hits 60 appearances for Liverpool, the Reds will pay another £8.5m.
There are agreed bonuses that depend on the achievement of the club and the performance of the player.
Darwin Nunez emerged as one of the most sought-after forwards due to his superb form at Benfica last season.
The Uruguayan made 41 appearances for Benfica last season, scoring 34 goals and garnering four assists in all competitions.
Against Liverpool in the Champions League, Nunez scored in both legs courting the attention and fancy of Jurgen Klopp.
However, Darwin Nunez has been a shadow of himself since arriving at Anfield.
After a brilliant community shield showing against Manchester City, Nunez and Erling Haaland were paired as two promising Premier League forwards that will change the face of the competition.
Nunez overshadowed Erling Haaland by bagging a brace, while Haaland missed an open net.
Nevertheless, the table has turned after nine matches. Erling Haaland has 16 goals more than Darwin Nunez.
Nunez’s problem was compounded when he was red-carded for headbutting a Crystal Palace defender in a Premier League clash at Anfield.
On Wednesday, October 12, Darwin Nunez scored Liverpool’s third goal against Rangers in the Champions League to gradually built on his goal tally for the Premier League giants.
Liverpool faces Manchester City in what is referred to as a battle of two Premier League titans.
Nunez will be expected to start the highly anticipated game at Anfield, but the Uruguayan international has fallen below Liverpool’s expectations.
The game against Manchester City is another perfect opportunity to win back the trust of the fans after a disappointing upset in the Crystal Palace game.