West Ham remain interested in Benfica striker Darwin Nunez but the player’s price tag is now €80m (£67m), according to reports in the English media.
The Hammers are believed to have submitted an offer of around €48m (£40m) during the January transfer window, but Benfica were unwilling to let the Uruguayan international leave at the time.
With Nunez’s valuation skyrocketing, fans on Twitter have been debating whether West Ham should look to move on to other transfer targets:
Get it done
— Joes_Irons⚒ (@IronsJoes) April 7, 2022
He has joining arsenal and failing and going on a free to celts Vigo written all over him
— matt (@Mattwoodruff_) April 7, 2022
Maybe if we could agree a £60-65m total package, with £15-20m of that in realistic add-ons, then I would be okay with this.
£67m on its own is way too much though.
— Michael ⚒ Zdenek (@MichaelZdenek) April 7, 2022
he looks class but I can’t see us spending that sort of money on a 22 year old
— h (@bocreacts) April 7, 2022
bound to happen after goals in back to back knockout rounds of the ucl. think there’s better value for money elsewhere
— Joel Summers (@joel_s0) April 7, 2022
Strongly disagree. He’s far better than all those
— J o e (@NotJoeBryson) April 7, 2022
Competition for Nunez’s signature is likely to be fierce. Premier League sides Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle have all been mentioned as potential suitors in recent weeks, while foreign teams like Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Monaco are also keeping tabs on the player.
The 22-year-old’s excellent form means interest is unlikely to die down either. He has scored a very impressive 28 goals in 35 appearances this season.