From the many clubs that have been linked with Benfica striker Darwin Nunez in the last few months, it is probably fair to say that Manchester City are the ones who have followed him the longest.
Pep Guardiola’s team has reportedly been interested in the 22-year-old since the summer of 2020, when the player had barely arrived at Benfica.
Now that the Portuguese newspaper Record contains a long piece explaining Darwin’s situation at the club, we will of course see Manchester City continue to be named as one of the potential destinations for him.
It starts with Darwin’s agent Edgardo Lasalvia telling the Italian media that he will first sit down with Benfica and discuss a transfer at the end of the season, despite confirming that he has received inquiries from many clubs.
That information is confirmed by Record, which says the Eagles would only let Darwin go in January if a club shows up and pays his € 150m release clause.
When we talk about interested clubs, Man City is named among people like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Newcastle United, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus.
As for Pep Guardiola’s side, it is said that there is an ‘old love’ for Darwin, although it is not clear whether this long chase could give the Etihad club an advantage in the race.
Although the striker is currently valued by Transfermarkt at € 20 million, all this competition only makes it clear that Benfica will earn much more when they decide to sell him.