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Brighton linked with highly-rated Uruguayan forward

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As far as incomings are concerned it has been somewhat of a quiet transfer window so far for Brighton, with only goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen arriving from Ajax for just over £4 million, plus midfielder Enock Mwepu from RB Salzburg for £20 million.

The sale of centre-back Ben White to Arsenal for £50 million considerably added to their coffers, however, with the transfer window coming to a close, it appears that they are ramping up their recruitment process.

Brighton linked with highly-rated Uruguayan forward

As a result, one of the players that they have identified is highly-rated Uruguayan striker, Darwin Nunez from Portuguese side Benfica, with a club-record £25 million move understood to be in the offing.

The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the most promising strikers in Europe, having hit 14 goals and contributed 12 assists in all competitions last season, while he has notched twice in four international appearances.

 

What would Nunez offer Brighton?

Nunez, without a doubt has the potential to become a quality striker, though should he arrive on the south coast, a lot would depend on how much service he would get. Very much an out-an-out striker, the 22-year-old has a lot of pace and would give defenders a lot to think about.

Currently, the club’s main striker is Neal Maupay, who struggled for goals last season, only finding the net on eight occasions in 33 Premier League appearances.

A natural finisher, Nunez is capable of playing as a lone frontman, or in a duo, however, Brighton boss Graham Potter might decide to look for another attacking player who is capable of providing assists, with the squad currently light on options in this department.

The reported fee could well be a gamble for Brighton; there is no guarantee that Nunez would adapt to the Premier League immediately, however, he would certainly be a player for the future.

He is thought to be the long-term successor to Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani in the Uruguay national team and this move could be seen as more of a stepping stone for the striker if he wants to become one of the best.

 

Who else are Brighton tracking?

It is also understood that the Seagulls have triggered the €18 million release clause in Getafe player Marc Cucurella’s contract and the 23-year-old left-winger could well be the perfect foil for Nunez.

Formerly of Barcelona, the Spaniard is also capable of playing at left-back and could be a very astute signing for Brighton.

Possessing great technique and a lot of energy, he is certainly someone who Potter could well get the best out, particularly in a 4-4-2 system, though he has also shown promise in a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 over the last couple of seasons.