Darwin Nuñez has become the most expensive signing in Primeira Liga history after completing his highly-anticipated €24 million switch to Benfica from La Liga promotion hopefuls Almeria, this Friday.

The Uruguay international agrees to sign a five-year-deal with the Eagles after bursting onto the scene with a 16-goal season in the second tier of Spanish football - his first on European soil.

After failed attempts to land Edinson Cavani and wantaway Real Madrid striker Mariano Diáz, Benfica turned their attentions to Nuñez, despite heavy interest in the 21-year-old striker coming from the Premier League.

The Red and Whites were forced to part ways with €24 million to get their man, towering over the €22 million paid for Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raúl Jimenez in 2015, as well as the recent €20 million raids on Julian Weigl, Raúl de Tomas and Everton Cebolinha over the last year.

Nuñez commenced his professional career with Peñarol in 2017, making a total of 24 appearances, scoring four goals and seeing his club claim two Uruguayan First Division titles in his time at the Campeon del Siglo.

The striker’s early promise earned him a €7.5 million move to Almeria at the beginning of last season, catching the eye with a one-goal-in-two record and a 15-minute cameo for the Uruguay national team, scoring versus Peru in a 1-1 draw.

Nuñez takes Benfica’s spending to €80 million for the upcoming season, following the sizeable captures of Everton, Pedrinho and Gian-Luca Waldschmidt.

By Patrick Ribeiro

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I have to admit I hadn't heard of Darwin Nunez until a few months ago. I have since seen some videos and he looks like a very promising young forward with a lot of pace and movement, a real eye for goal and a shoots very well with both feet. He...

I have to admit I hadn't heard of Darwin Nunez until a few months ago. I have since seen some videos and he looks like a very promising young forward with a lot of pace and movement, a real eye for goal and a shoots very well with both feet. He could develop into something special under JJ.

Is he a risk at such a hefty fee and with little experience at the top level? For sure. But a lot of people are making an issue that it is too much money to spend from a player from a second tier team, but in the end all the great players started at the bottom and made their way up, so we'll have to wait and see, who knows, the fee could well end up even being a bargain.

To be completely honest, I'm actually pleased the deal for Cavani fell through. As great a striker as he is (top 10 in the world), that was simply too much money to invest in a 33 year old. For me it all depends very much on the position, for example, for a goalkeeper or a centre back, 33 is not very old. But for a centre forward, a 33 year old is normally past his peak and only really has two years left at the top level. Also Cavani would have arrived with his superstar status and I'm sure would have demanded to play every minute and perhaps this wouldn't have had a good effect on the dressing room and the squad dynamics. What we need above all is a good team spirit and squad unity. I think it was better to bring in a young forward with his whole career ahead of him and who will be happy to be a squad player... hopefully this Darwin is the real deal.

Lastly, I will say it's interesting how all of a sudden the club has a lot of money available to really boost the squad, in the year of presidential elections. Where was all the investment in previous years this decade?

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