It seems a long time since Sheffield United were linked with Uruguay striker, Darwin Nunez, but it’s already looking like one that might have got away.
The impressive young striker eventually sealed a move to Benfica. This, coming after the Blades were said to be ready to pay £13m for his services back in August.
Nunez completed his move to Portugal in the summer, becoming Benfica’s record buy at around £24m. United, meanwhile, signed Rhian Brewster for a similar fee, while adding Oliver Burke on a free as well.
However, could missing out on Nunez prove to be a bit of a nightmare situation for Chris Wilder and United? If his manager Jorge Jesus’ comments are anything to go by, it might be the case.
What has Jesus said about Darwin Nunez?
After five goals and six assists in just eleven games this term, it’s clear that Nunez is quite the talent. And that’s something that his manager recognises.
“There is a lot still to learn from me here at Benfica about the game, but he has all this ability for decision-making, execution, finishing and speed,” Jesus said. (Goal)
“He was the most expensive player in Benfica history and, I don’t know with the pandemic, but he could also be the most expensive player to leave Benfica. This kid will be the best in the world and, sadly for me, I will lose him soon.”
Of course, whether we were actually that interested remains to be seen and there are high hopes that Brewster will prove a fine signing in the long-term.
But it’s hard not to look at how Nunez is doing for Benfica and not feel a tinge of sadness that we didn’t land the Uruguay star.