Tottenham Hotspur have come up short in their rumoured attempt to sign Darwin Nunez as the striker has now confirmed that he has signed for Benfica.
The young striker had a prolific season last time out for Spanish second division side Almeria after moving to the club last summer, as he netted 16 times in the league (transfermarkt.com).
While Almeria eventually failed to win promotion to La Liga, Nunez’s performances reportedly caught the eye of several clubs across Europe.
Tottenham Hotspur were reportedly considering a move for the 21-year-old as they look for a striker to serve as a back up to Harry Kane (Football.London).
The Lilywhites were facing considerable competition from Premier League clubs for the strikers signature, with Brighton and Sheffield United both showing interest, while Southampton reportedly had an £11 million offer rejected last month (Calciomeracto).
However, Nunez has now confirmed that he has put pen to paper on a five year deal with Benfica. He told La Voz: “I signed for five years with Benfica. Almeria will be in my heart.
“I wanted to say goodbye to the club personally, because they always treated me very well from the first day. Thanks for everything.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I am not surprised that Nunez was one of the options we looked at as a back up to Harry Kane. The Uruguayan with his strength, speed and work rate is a typical Mourinho centre-forward in many respects. However, he is still unproven at the top level and the deal would have been a gamble. Looking at the profile of our summer signings so far, it is apparent that we are going for tried and tested players and so I suspect we will end up with another low-risk/low-reward signing like Callum Wilson.
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