Liverpool have made their first big investment of the new season in the form of Darwin Nunez.
Once a Barcelona target, the SL Benfica forward has joined Anfield for a figure close to €100 million. He has been given a six-year deal with a lucrative salary package on the Merseyside.
Although Barça will be disappointed to have missed out on a talent like Nunez, his apparent move to Anfield could create a domino effect that may end up with the arrival of Robert Lewandowski to Camp Nou.
Indeed, Nunez is being roped in as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane. The Senegalese international has been subjected to a move away from Anfield lately, with the forward even voicing his desire to leave the club during the international break.
Bayern Munich have been mooted as the potential destination for Mane, who is attracted to the attacking brand of football played in the Austrian and German Bundesliga.
Mane’s potential arrival at Allianz Arena, meanwhile, could eventually lead to the departure of Robert Lewandowski, with Barcelona emerging as the undisputed favourites to seal his signature.
Bayern are indeed targeting Mane as a direct replacement for Lewandowski, who has been quite vocal about his desire to leave Bavaria and start a new adventure elsewhere.
Although not a genuine centre-forward, Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann is attracted to Mane’s versatility in the final third. He feels the Senegalese international can add more flexibility to the Bayern frontline and make them less reliant on a centre-forward.
Lewandowski, on the other hand, will be delighted with the opportunity to play for Barcelona. The Pole has appeared quite lethal in front of goal against the Catalonians in the past, but from next season onward, he could be the driving force of Xavi’s attacking setup.
Barcelona, though, have their task cut out in convincing Bayern Munich with a lucrative offer. They may also have to remain patient, as Liverpool are yet to even officiate the signing of Nunez, let alone the departure of Mane this summer.