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Liverpool’s Fortunate Break: A Potential Upgrade to Darwin Núñez Transfer Strategy with Last-Minute Hijack

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Liverpool’s Fortunate Break: A Potential Upgrade to Darwin Núñez Transfer Strategy with Last-Minute Hijack

The Liverpool transfer plan that brought Darwin Nunez to the club is frequently criticized, but a stroke of luck could result in a win/win situation.

FC is being monitored. You’ve probably heard the jokes by now. Despite the fact that all clubs are associated with much more players than they actually sign, Liverpool has built a reputation for following stars but not taking any tangible action.

Given Liverpool’s near-perfect transfer hit rate over the last few seasons, it would take a courageous guy to seriously question how the club does its business. However, the potentially record-breaking amount it paid to acquire Darwin Nunez last summer raised some questions.

One year later, the verdict is still out. Nez has not looked like a player worth up to $107 million (£86 million/€100 million), but he has shown flashes of enormous promise. Only time will tell whether this is another successful move or a rare miss.

Even if Nunez does come good, there is no getting past the reality that Liverpool had to pay a lot of money to obtain him. This is definitely disheartening for a player who has been pursued since his days in Uruguay.

The similar thing happened in the case ofSS Luis Diaz, albeit to a lesser extent. Liverpool got a really excellent bargain, swooping in to hijack the deal Spurs had agreed on as Porto faced financial difficulties, but it still paid considerably more than it would have for the rough diamond it saw in Colombia.

In some ways, Liverpool’s situation is similar to that of a smaller team. Only the best players can improve the squad, so certain individuals must be allowed to develop before they are ready to join. Similarly, larger sample sizes mean less risk, even if FSG has to pay for it.

But what if there was a way to improve the strategy? What if Liverpool could sign a player it has been tracking for several years without having to pay the associated fee? This summer, it appears that such an opportunity will present itself through nothing more than a stroke of fortune.

It is widely assumed that he will join Roma, with Di Marzio reporting that a five-year contract is being ‘finalized’. But, until that happens, Liverpool should consider a late hijacking.

He is a left-footed center-back who would fill a significant void in the Liverpool squad. He has demonstrated himself at a sufficiently high level over a number of years. He is still only 23 years old. There isn’t much not to like.

Of course, it’s possible that Ndicka wants guaranteed playing time. That was mentioned as a possible stumbling block in the original Mirror piece back in March, and it’s something Liverpool simply cannot provide. However, if no attempt has been made to sell him on Anfield, it is difficult to comprehend — and it is recognized that he is not an active target.

Liverpool still has time to correct this possible error, ‘upgrading’ its Nunez transfer blueprint in the process. But if Ndicka does go somewhere, it will probably be another one to add to the long list of players who were only ever ‘monitored’.

Liverpool’s Fortunate Break: A Potential Upgrade to Darwin Núñez Transfer Strategy with Last-Minute Hijack

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