Thomas Tuchel can use £71m leverage on Arsenal to deliver dream Chelsea transfer Darwin Nunez – Jake Stokes

Chelsea will be hoping they can use their strong history with Benfica as leverage in the race to sign Darwin Nunez. The 22-year-old, who has attracted interest from a host of top-flight sides this season, has earned attention after an impressive display against Liverpool.

The Uruguay international has scored twice, won 15 games, completed five encounters and created two chances in two games against Jurgen Klopp’s side. Although Benfica flew out of the Champions League, Nunez passed his audition – think of it like when a group of boys get a resounding no from Simon Cowell on X Factor, but then the lead singer with a man bun is told to go solo.

Nunez, who sees his contract with the Portuguese side expire in 2025, has directly contributed to 27 goals in 24 Liga Nos appearances this season. And, naturally, he has attracted interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, according to Athleticism.

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Arsenal are also tracking the striker ahead of a possible move, football.london understand. Gunners technical director Edu is in contact with Nunez’s representatives and has shortlisted the striker as a possible summer signing.

Although there appears to be stiff competition to secure the Uruguayan’s services at the end of the season, Thomas Tuchel’s side have a sneaky £71m leverage over their London rivals. Chelsea have built quite a strong relationship with the Portuguese giants in recent years.

Since the turn of the millennium, the Blues have spent around £78m on players from Benfica. Nemanja Matic, David Luiz, Ramires and Tiago Mendes swapped Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica for Stamford Bridge; all of which have enjoyed considerable success in West London.

Arsenal only made their first purchase from the Eagles in the summer after signing Nuno Tavares for around £7million. Chelsea may look to use the £71million disparity to tip the transfer race in their favour.

fabrice romano reports that Nunez is set to leave Benfica for around €80m (£67m) this summer. But, despite the wealth of interest, the striker insisted he was focusing on the end of the season before jumping to conclusions.

In a 16-word message, he said: “Until the end of the season I won’t say anything and I’ll leave everything for this shirt. My job is to carry on like this, to take advantage of this chance that is mine. arrived.

“Last year I didn’t play at all, but this year I’m having an incredible season. I have to continue like this, and there’s a lot of credit from my colleagues too.”

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