Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool never have any intention of letting Darwin Nunez leave the club over the summer.
Rumours suggesting that Liverpool could have swapped Darwin Nunez for Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix have been played down.
That is according to Fabrizio Romano, who has been speaking to Caught Offside about Nunez.
Mundo Deportivo reported earlier this week that Liverpool wanted to sign Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid this summer.
It was suggested that Liverpool would have been willing to send Nunez to Atletico as part of the deal.
That sounded bizarre and, sure enough, Romano has now played down those rumours.
Romano claims Liverpool never wanted to lose Nunez with Jurgen Klopp and the Reds board considering him ‘untouchable’.
“Darwin Nunez – Despite rumours about a swap deal for Joao Felix being discussed, Liverpool never wanted Darwin Nunez to leave this summer,” said Romano.
“It was very clear on club side, the board and also the manager decided to keep Darwin in very clear way. Darwin was very happy with Liverpool considering him untouchable,” he added.
Joao Felix for Darwin Nunez just didn’t make sense
Football Transfers reported last month that Liverpool were keen to sign Felix from Atletico Madrid if Mohamed Salah moved on.
We played that one down and feel a similar way about any potential Nunez swap.
It’s just so hard to imagine that Liverpool saw Felix’s loan spell at Chelsea and thought… yes, bring him to Anfield.
The Portuguese attacker was tipped to become a superstar but is sadly becoming a case of unfulfilled potential.
Now heading off to Barcelona, we couldn’t have seen any way in which Liverpool added Felix to their attack, never mind at the expense of Nunez, whose running in behind give the Reds something different.
Felix – who has now joined Barcelona instead – didn’t exactly shine at Chelsea and giving up on Nunez for him would have been truly bizarre.
Nunez seems ready to shine
Nunez joined Liverpool in a big-money move from Benfica just over a year ago and expectations were high.
The Uruguayan had been outstanding for Benfica but struggled to score consistently in his first Liverpool season.
Nunez scored just nine league goals last season and started this season on the bench.
The 24-year-old has really announced himself this term though, scoring a clinical brace to give Liverpool a 2-1 win over Newcastle with 10 men.
Nunez was impressive against Aston Villa on Sunday too and whilst he didn’t find the net, he looks primed to explode this season if he gets a consistent run of games.