What could have been: Food poisoning cost Manchester United Darwin Nunez transfer – Man United News And Transfer News

Regardless of curiosity from Manchester United, arch rivals Liverpool received the race to signal Benfica’s Darwin Nunez, one of many hottest younger strikers available on the market, making him the membership’s document purchase within the course of. However that might not have been the case if not for a cancelled assembly with Benfica president Rui Costa attributable to meals poisoning.

In line with The Athletic, the Purple Devils had held discussions with the Portuguese giants and have been set to satisfy with Costa to debate phrases of the potential transfer.

That fateful assembly was purported to be held previous to the Champions League quarter-final tie involving Liverpool and Benfica.

Nonetheless, the previous Portugal worldwide and his household have been struck down with a extreme case of meals poisoning whereas celebrating his birthday.

That in the end led to that proposed assembly getting cancelled with United considering it to be a snub of types and have been left unconvinced at their probabilities of signing Nunez.

That in the end allowed Liverpool a free run at their goal with United not too eager to enter right into a bidding struggle for the Uruguayan striker.

Ten Hag late arrival & desire

The previous Almeria ahead was supposedly obtainable for round £45 million previous to Benfica reaching the knockout phases of the Champions League.

Different Premier League golf equipment like West Ham have been additionally keen on buying the 22-year-old’s companies however the Portuguese membership have been ready for the valuation to rise.

And rise it did, with knockout objectives towards Jurgen Klopp’s facet in the end taking the value to £85million.

The 20-time English champions roped in Erik ten Hag who himself was a giant admirer of the striker having seen him rating towards his former membership Ajax.

Nonetheless, by the point the Dutchman rocked up at Previous Trafford, their Merseyside rivals have been deep in negotiations with Benfica which meant the probabilities have been already slim.

Add to that, Ten Hag’s prioritization of midfield recruits meant the three-time European champions fell too far behind. They’re at present after Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and free agent Christian Eriksen.

Nunez has since signed a six-year deal value £150,000-a-week, whereas United are nonetheless attempting to get their first signing over the road.