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Darwin Nunez latest: Two other unwanted Man Utd players offered to Benfica as part of increased £90m proposal

Darwin Nunez, Benfica striker, during the Champions League clash against Liverpool at Anfield

Manchester United refuse to take no for an answer in their pursuit of Darwin Nunez, with two other players reportedly offered to Benfica as part of their efforts to sign him.

The Uruguayan striker has emerged as one of the most wanted men in European football after an excellent season. He plundered 32 goals and weighed in with four assists from just 38 matches, with six of those strikes coming in the Champions League.

That form has, understandably, drawn plenty of attention for the 22-year-old with Manchester United seemingly leading that chase.

Indeed, Erik ten Hag is desperate to add more goals to his side this summer. Cristiano Ronaldo will stay, but he urgently needs more help in attack. The Portuguese veteran scored 24 times this season, with only Bruno Fernandes (10) reaching double figures.

As such, the need to strengthen their attack is a clear and obvious problem that Ten Hag must address.

And it seems United have wasted little time in opening negotiations for Nunez.

They launched an opening £81m offer for Nunez that included £64m up front and another £17m in bonuses. The Red Devils also offered Benfica the chance to sign unwanted midfielder Andreas Perreira as part of the package.

That proposal, however, has been swiftly rejected by Benfica with Portuguese paper Correio de Manha providing the details.

Journalist Paulo Catarro told the newspaper: “Benfica have already told those responsible at United that the deal requires more money.

“Ultimately a bonus package can be included but involving players such as Andreas Pereira would be difficult.”

Benfica open to other players as part of Darwin Nunez package

The paper suggests Benfica are seeking around £8.5m more for Nunez as they look to maximise their profits from his sale.

That would take the total cost needed to sign the striker to close to the £90m mark.

United, though, do not have an unlimited pot of money to spend this summer. And minus the additional funds that the Champions League brings, Ten Hag is likely to have to get creative with his summer spending.

While Perreira is not a player of interest to Benfica or new coach Roger Schmidt, they could consider other players as part of the deal.

And that might be just the incentive Manchester United need to push through the potential deal.

As such, Terceiro Anel claims the name of Anthony Martial has come up for discussion as part of the deal.

The France winger has spent the second half of the season on loan with Sevilla, though did not impress. As such, he is scheduled to return to Old Trafford this summer, with his future looking far from certain.

As such, Benfica are reportedly keen to bring Martial to Lisbon. However, the proposal to include him as a makeweight is seemingly not one that appeals to the player himself.

Undettered, however, United will also reportedly offer unwanted defender Eric Bailly as another option to Benfica.

He has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and also looks certain to leave this summer.

United need three quality signings

It’s little surprise to see United trying to reduce their outlay for Nunez by offering a variety of players in exchange.

Ten Hag will need at least three signings of real quality if he is to get the side upwardly mobile again.

Indeed, he is also reportedly seeking a new midfielder, while another centre-half is high on his wanted list too.

But these players will not come cheap – and United know the players they are after all have hefty transfer fees on their heads.

Manchester United close to signing Darwin Nunez???

Manchester United are reportedly close to signing Darwin Nunez from Benfica according to sources

Darwin Nunez, though, is exactly the sort of player they need to take them to the next level. Their transfer policy has come in for stinging criticism in recent years – and rightly so! But the Uruguayan is exactly the sort of player who can help the club recover.

He knows his way to goal and he will bring a much-needed additional threat to their attack.

And while £90m looks pricey, they are wise to bring that outlay down by offering unwanted stars as bait.

United, meanwhile, have been told that Christian Eriksen won’t be signing for them this summer with two likely destinations named.