CIES have published their latest report on the most valuable players outside of Europe’s top five leagues and rumoured Tottenham target Darwin Nunez takes the number one spot.

Nunez is understandably thought to be one of the most sought after players in Europe at the moment on the back of a prolific season for Benfica, which has seen him score 34 times across all competitions (Transfermarkt).

It was reported last month that agent Jorge Mendes had approached the Uruguayan international about potentially replacing Harry Kane at Spurs (The Athletic).

The Sun subsequently claimed the Benfica star would prefer to join the likes of Spurs and Arsenal over Manchester City, given his physical style of play and desire to get regular game time.

Some sources have suggested that Benfica have slapped a mammoth asking price of €130m (£109.4m) on the 22-year-old’s head (ESPN).

CIES have now estimated that Nunez is by far the most valuable player playing outside England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

However, they assign a much more realistic market value for the centre-forward of €70.7m (£59.5m).

Spurs Web Opinion

Just because Nunez’s market value is around £60m does not mean he is likely to cost that much as his value to Benfica is much higher. I can quite easily see the centre-forward being sold for a higher fee.

I do not think Spurs are likely to be in the race for the Uruguayan, now that it looks increasingly likely that Harry Kane will stay.

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