Tottenham Hotspur are interested in securing the signature of Benfica and Uruguay striker Darwin Núñez this summer.
What’s the word?
That is according to Football Transfers, who suggest that representatives of the 22-year-old have already met with Spurs.
There is also genuine interest in the Benfica star from Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid according to the report, with Spurs being known to want to bring in a marquee striker this summer.
Imagine him and Kane
Whilst Spurs are very clearly looking for an elite-level striker this summer, there are no suggestions that England captain Harry Kane will be departing the club in the off-season, with the relationship between himself and Antonio Conte being “more than good” according to Fabrizio Romano.
It is unlikely that Spurs would pay £68m for Núñez, only for him to play second-fiddle to Kane at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, suggesting that Conte will be looking for a way to pair the two of them together.
The 6 foot 1 Uruguay striker would form a terrifying partnership with his potential Tottenham counterpart, with the two players scoring a combined 43 goals in their respective domestic leagues this term, whilst setting up another 13 between them, according to FBref.
Former Benfica manager Jorge Jesus stated last season that Núñez will be a “world-class player” and his stats for this season certainly back that up, having scored goals at a rate of 1.18 per 90 minutes this season, and scoring 0.26 goals for every shot he has taken, according to the same stats provider.
Over the course of the season, Núñez’s WhoScored rating has been rated at an extremely impressive 7.43, whilst Kane’s is even better at 7.50, suggesting that this partnership could give Premier League defenders sleepless nights and form a potentially master and apprentice type relationship, especially with the threat of Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski from both flanks.
Núñez’s partnership with Kane could be lethal to Premier League defences, especially with the England international’s well-known passing ability, the Uruguay international will have plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net, and if he can keep going at the same rate as he did in Portugal, Spurs are going to be scoring plenty of goals in the Premier League and Champions League next season, and £68m might look like a snip to Conte and Fabio Paratici.