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Brighton to break club transfer record as talks are under way with Benfica’s Darwin Nunez

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Brighton to break club transfer record as talks are under way with Benfica’s Darwin Nunez

Things have started brightly for Brighton in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign after Graham Potter’s Seagulls clawed back from 1-0 down to earn a 2-1 away win at Turf Moor against Sean Dyche’s Burnley. In a bid to bring further joy to the Amex Community Stadium in the early doors of the campaign, Brighton has opened talks with Portuguese giants SL Benfica to sound out a move for Uruguayan international Darwin Nunez.

The story comes from The Daily Mail’s chief football reporter Sami Mokbel and makes mention of both clubs coming to the table over a potential deal that would set Brighton back a cool £25million. Such a fee would smash the club’s transfer which was concluded back in 2019 when the Seagulls purchased AZ Almkaar’s Iranian international winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh for £17million.

Despite securing three points last weekend, any improvement in Potter’s forward line is certainly a long-time coming in the wake of last season.

Brighton data in2020-21 showed a side better than what the table suggested

If numbers told the only story, then Brighton would be gearing up for their first-ever European campaign this season. But alas, data is only one piece of an intricate puzzle, and despite putting up some impressive figures, the Seagulls fell well short of a top-seven finish.

But the hope was that the club could bring in a far more efficient center forward to arrest Brighton’s inability to finish chances last season. Nunez fits the bill perfectly while offering a young player profile that could be built around during the duration of his stay on the south coast should a deal be struck and his services acquired.

Brighton commence talks for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez in club record deal

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Neal Maupay of Brighton & Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park on October 18, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

According to understat, Brighton underperformed their xG (53.82) by a staggering 13.82 when they finished the season on just 40-goals; only Fulham had a higher underperformance difference of 14.06. Additionally, no side had a larger gap between their xPTS and their actual point total than Brighton, whose 41-points were 20.41 below where they should have finished, good enough for fifth in the Premier League.

Should Brighton conclude a deal for the highly-touted Uruguayan international, Graham Potter’s Seagulls could genuinely turn a head or two this season.

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