Atletico Madrid will reportedly provide stiff competition to Barcelona and Manchester United for Darwin Nunez, valued at €100 million by Benfica.

According to a report by Spanish publication AS, the competition to secure the services of Darwin Nunez in the summer transfer window is heating up. Barcelona and Manchester United face stiff competition from Atletico Madrid for the Uruguayan striker, valued at €100 million by Benfica.

Darwin Nunez has gradually established himself as one of the most highly sought-after players in the market since joining Benfica from Almeria nearly two years ago. The 22-year-old has transformed into a prolific striker in the ongoing campaign, taking on the mantle of being Benfica’s offensive leader.

The Uruguayan striker has an excellent record of 33 goals and four assists in 39 appearances for Benfica thus far this season. Nunez’s exploits in the ongoing campaign have not gone unnoticed, with some of the most high profile clubs in Europe, including Barcelona, Manchester United, and Atletico Madrid, setting their sights on him.

The interest from Barcelona stems from their inability to pursue Erling Haaland, who is deemed too expensive for the Blaugrana. But with Benfica demanding around €100 million for Nunez’s transfer, the Uruguayan striker could also be beyond Barcelona’s means, although he is still a viable target.

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Meanwhile, Manchester United will pursue Nunez in the summer transfer window to kick-start their squad rebuild project, with the youngster’s compatriot Edinson Cavani set to depart as a free agent. Nunez is thus an option worth considering for Manchester United, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo in the twilight of his career.

Barcelona and Manchester United now face stiff competition from Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Nunez. Like their rivals in the pursuit of the Uruguayan striker, Los Rojiblancos will need to sign a striker in the summer, with former Barcelona forward Luis Suarez set to leave as a free agent.

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Nunez’s price tag might be beyond the reach of most suitors, although Manchester United might still fancy the chances of prising him away from Benfica. It will be interesting to see if any suitor will agree to shell out €100 million to snap up the 22-year-old striker.

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