Chelsea in advanced talks with 22-year-old Uruguayan striker

The London giants have entered the battle to add Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, who is also on the radars of Man City, Inter Milan and PSG, among others. Uruguay international came through the youth ranks at Penarol and played 22 first-team games for the club, scoring four goals and setting up one more.

Nunez moved to Spain in the summer of 2019, when he signed for Spanish second division club Almeria and thrived, bagging a return of 16 goals and three assists in 32 matches. This put Darwin on the radars of several top teams in Europe last year, but it was the Liga Bwin giants that signed him up.

And the 22-year-old centre-forward has repaid the Eagles’ faith in him with fantastic displays so far. In 52 matches, the Uruguayan striker has produced a return of 20 goals and 12 assists, with six of those goals coming in only eight matches in the 2021/22 campaign.

The London giants strengthened their attack this summer with the club-record signing of Romelu Lukaku. However, things just don’t look to be clicking with Timo Werner, who could be let go of amid widespread interest from Europe.

The South American striker, then, could be seen as a replacement for Werner, while he can also be used in the wide-attacking midfield slots in Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 setup as well. Nunez, who can play as a striker, an auxiliary striker or even on the left, has the potential to be a good fit at Stamford Bridge with his flexibility and all-around skills.