By Wayne Veysey

18th Jun, 2022 | 8:21am

Sources: Wolves rejected chance to sign new Liverpool superstar Darwin Nunez

Wolves rejected the chance new Liverpool superstar Darwin Nunez two years ago, Football Insider understands.

The Uruguay striker, 22, was unveiled as the Merseyside giants’ record signing earlier this week when he completed a move from Benfica costing £64 million, as well as a further £21.5 million in attainable add-ons.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Nunez was available for around a quarter of that fee in the summer of 2020 as clubs looked to lure him from Spanish minnows Almeria.

Scouts at Wolves recommended the club sign a forward they regarded as a huge prospect after watching him closely during his single season in the Spanish second-tier.

Nunez scored 16 goals in 30 La Liga2 matches in 2019-20 as he fully justified the £13m fee paid to lure him from his native Uruguay the previous summer.

Wolves could have battled Benfica, a club they have signed many players from during the last half-decade, for Nunez’s signature.

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But they instead opted not to push for him and the Portugese outfit sealed a deal for around £20m in the summer of 2020.

Nunez justified that fee with a return of 48 goals from 85 appearances before sealing his move to Liverpool this week.

Able to operate down the middle, behind the main striker or on the left flank, the Uruguay international is one of the hottest forwards in Europe following his stunning goalscoring exploits in 2021-22.

He netted 34 goals from 41 matches in all competitions in 2021-22, including strikes in both legs of the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Liverpool.

Talks between the clubs were led by Nunez’s new agent Jorge Mendes, who, ironically, has spearheaded so many Wolves transfers in recent years in his consultant’s role.

In other news, Liverpool are close to finalising another big signing after bid accepted.