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Barcelona were close to signing 22-year-old striker in the summer



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Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona was close to signing Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez last year. However, the deal fell apart because of the club’s precarious financial situation.

The Uruguayan played in the Spanish second division before his move to Portugal. His stint at UD Almeria made him familiar with football in Spain and would be vital if the move had gone through.

In the Premiera Liga, however, the 22-year-old has been on fire. In just six league games, he has registered four goals, scoring once every 100 minutes. Last season, the striker had six goals and nine assists to his game during the domestic campaign.

Moreover, he has also scored twice in as many Champions League games for Benfica. Notably, both his goals came against Barcelona.

Barcelona was actively looking for reinforcements for the forward line in the summer. With Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi departing the Catalan capital, the forward department needed fresh legs.

The void in attack can still be felt at Barcelona, for the side has struggled to finish their chances in multiple games.

Yet, understandably, the move fell through because of the economic situation. Barcelona was in ruins during the summer transfer window and struggled to register their new signings owing to the sky-high wage bill. Offering considerable money, which Benfica would have asked for, no doubt, would have been impossible.

It remains to be seen if the Benfica forward remains a target for Barcelona heading into the next transfer window. The Catalans still need forwards, but there are now more options on the table.

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