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Transfer Talk: Toon launch £50m Nunez raid in bid to steal march on rivals
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Jamie Gordon
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Benfica star Darwin Nunez is one of the hottest properties in European football
Benfica star Darwin Nunez is one of the hottest properties in European football

Newcastle have begun the scramble for Darwin Nunez's signature by making a £50million offer for the Benfica sensation.

Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and West Ham have all been linked with the striker, as have European heavyweights Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Footmercato claim Toon chiefs have made an attempt to jump the queue by submitting a formal offer for Nunez at the start of what is set to be a big-spending summer in the North East.

Nunez, 22, scored in both legs as Benfica lost 6-4 on aggregate to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals to continue an incredible season in front of goal.

The Uruguayan has hit the net six times in ten outings in Europe this term and his 32 strikes in 37 in all competitions have clubs across the continent plotting summer swoops.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was allowed to splash the cash in January with the Magpies in serious danger of relegation.

And having appeared to have secured top-flight football for next season, Toon's Saudi-backed owners are expected to open the chequebooks again in the upcoming window.

But they will face fierce competition for Nunez and despite their new-found wealth, Newcastle will struggle to compete if their more illustrious rivals step up their interest in Nunez.

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