Liverpool have agreed a deal with Benfica to sign Darwin Nunez for a €75m fee that could rise to €100m.
As it turns out, it appears that – barring something extraordinary – it will definitely rise to €100m. These aren’t really bonuses.
In an official statement on Monday, Benfica confirmed they had agreed a deal with Liverpool for the 22-year-old.
The statement read: ‘In the early morning hours of this Monday (0:44 am), Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD informed the Securities Market Commission (CMVM) that it had reached an agreement with Liverpool FC for the sale of all rights to the player Darwin Nunez, for the amount of €75m,’ read an official Benfica statement.
‘To the CMVM, Benfica’s SAD also informed that the agreement provides for the payment of a variable remuneration, so the global amount of the sale could reach the amount of €100m. It is further informed that the aforementioned agreement is dependent on the signing of the player’s sports employment contract with Liverpool FC.’
So what is this ‘variable remuneration’? Number of goals? Team success? Individual gongs? Nope. Turns out he’s got to start 60 games in five years for Benfica to be paid the full whack. Again, these aren’t really bonuses.
According to Portuguese outlet O JOGO, Benfica wanted the initial fee to be €80m, Liverpool said they would pay €65 and they met in the middle, both with the knowledge that the full €100m would more than likely be paid within two seasons anyway.
The report states that ‘to make the payment of the 25 million, Darwin will have to start 60 games over the five years of the contract’.
Nunez apparently has to start ‘ten games before the end of the year’ for Benfica to receive €5m.
They will then get €10m after 25 games (no timeframe is given on this) and ‘another ten in a new cycle of 25 games’ (again, no timeframe).
But starting 60 games, assuming no horrific injury, will not be a problem in five years.
Meanwhile, Manchester United were interested, Nunez wasn’t, and actually United weren’t that interested anyway.
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