Sheffield United are ready to pay £13.5m to sign Almeria striker Darwin Nunez, reports La Voz de Almeria.
The striker has greatly impressed this season after making the move from Penarol, in his native Uruguay, in August.
Nunez has scored 16 goals in 30 games in the second tier of Spanish football to fire Almeria into the playoffs. They face Girona over two legs – the first of which is tonight – before playing Real Zaragoza or Elche in the final.
This has attracted interest from across Europe, with La Liga duo Real Betis and Valencia having previously been linked with Nunez. Meanwhile, in Italy, both Napoli and Roma are keeping tabs on the 21-year-old.
The Blades also face competition from a fellow Premier League side, as Brighton and Hove Albion are ready to make a move as well.
How much will Darwin Nunez cost?
Nunez only arrived in Spain a year ago for £7.2m, but has already seen his valuation more than double. While United are willing to pay £13.5m for the forward, Almeria are holding out for closer to £18m.
Like the Blades, the Segunda club are owned by a wealthy Saudi Arabian. Turki Al-Sheikh is the kingdom’s former Sports Minister and has already invested large sums in the squad since his takeover 12 months ago.
Whether this connection with Saudi Arabia would help United secure a deal for Nunez is unclear. The South Yorkshire side are owned by Prince Abdullah of the Saudi Royal family.
The Blades are in the market for a new striker this summer. They have been strongly linked with Brentford top scorer, Ollie Watkins.
However, with the Bees holding out for £25m that deal is looking increasingly unlikely. Aston Villa now appear to be the favourites for Watkins’ signature.
Therefore, Nunez would represent a more cost effective option.