Erik ten Hag already has two perfect Manchester United partners for Darwin Nunez – Liam Wood

Manchester City have already won the goalscorer raffle this summer and with the move for Erling Haaland soon to be completed, we have been spared another tedious transfer saga. That comes as welcome or unwelcome news, depending on whether your loyalty is red or blue.

Further signings are, alarmingly, planned at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester United and others catch up. But while Haaland and anyone who joins him will make City a formidable target, the excitement at Old Trafford makes it the place to be.

But will Benfica hotshot Darwin Nunez come to that assessment? Having scored 34 goals in 41 appearances for Benfica last season, the Uruguayan is a hot commodity when it comes to the European market and United is among those chasing his big money signature. A potential fee of around £80 million has been suggested.

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In that sense, Haaland represents a snippet of £51 million, but that ‘bargain’ fee is the result of an escape clause placed in their contract by Borussia Dortmund, which reportedly helped them beat United in his services in January 2020. . Such an attitude seems to have come full circle as United prepare to raise the stakes.

City are of course off the table for Nunez when, had they not brought in Haaland, they could very well have been identified as the man who would eventually replace Sergio Aguero. However, the Premier League could be introduced to his talents in a slightly different role.

It seems a while ago that United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a triple letter of intent, recruiting Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Excitement quickly turned to collective despair amid one of their most unforgettable (and unforgivable) seasons in living memory.

Still, that company sanctioned by Solskjaer gives Nunez the perfect opportunity to start if United hold off competition from Liverpool and Saudi-backed Newcastle. A summer rebuild is undoubtedly needed across the board, but one big signing could transform United offensively.

Sancho, Ronaldo and Nunez have mouth watering tongues. Now only the eight behind them to sort out.

Ronaldo is Ronaldo and his value to the cause needs no explanation. Sancho was able to glimpse a huge talent that made him such a success at Dortmund and will certainly take advantage of a testing season to get back to life in the UK.

Darwin Nunez could star alongside Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Born in London and brought up in Manchester, Sancho has developed into the player we know in Germany and is far too good not to convert his own £72.9m price tag into a worthy number of goals and assists. After all, he delivered 114 direct goals in 137 games in that famous yellow shirt.

Most of those came together with Haaland and while Nunez is his own man and will likely have to settle for a left or right berth to start, the Uruguayan possesses strength, speed and a deadly eye for goal on a par with Haaland. In that sense, Sancho and Nunez should complement each other as long as the chemistry is there.

Ronaldo certainly hopes so. Of course the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is never one to evade responsibility, but United have been completely dependent on him last season and that just needs to be addressed.

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