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Darwin Nunez’s imminent move to Liverpool fires the starting gun in the transfer market in week’s move

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There could be movement in six major summer moves this week when the transfer window opens

Darwin Nunez’s imminent move to Liverpool, which was already confirmed on Monday, will be the first in a week to reveal concrete hints about the intentions of some of the big end-of-season transfers.

It’s moving a week for a number of key deals in the transfer window.

Here’s what we can expect:

After Manchester City brokered a deal for Erling Haaland, it was crucial Liverpool reacted. By taking Nunez, who is widely regarded in scouting circles as the next player most likely to enter the elite group, they did.

The deal is at an advanced stage and sources in Portugal claim it will soon be finalized with a doctor in Madrid after a £64million transfer deal was negotiated with Benfica. I expects an announcement could come as soon as Monday afternoon if all goes according to plan. Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward has spent the weekend in Lisbon negotiating a deal that could fetch up to £85million if appearance and performance clauses are met.

Nunez might need some patience. He’s quite raw and Liverpool are paying too much for the level he’s at now, but if he develops as expected – and the player is said to have been persuaded to go to Anfield by the prospect of working with Jurgen Klopp – then it will look like a very reasonable price.

Liverpool’s front three have propelled them to trophies and unprecedented heights in recent years, but Nunez’s signing is part of a recognition that evolution is necessary. All summer long there might not be a bigger offer – in terms of price or importance.

It’s ridiculously early to criticize Manchester United for sluggish deals but Erik ten Hag is due to sign a statement sometime this summer.

De Jong represents exactly that; ticking the box for someone who fits into their desired style of play while improving their roster instantly. Barcelona need to sell to fund their own rebuild and there is a very willing buyer.

In Spain, they believe it’s only a matter of time.

It will be a transformative closing season at Goodison Park where the reality of the Frank Lampard revolution is that funds must be raised to bring a scalpel to a squad unfit for its purpose.

I understands the Toffees want Hull City forward Keane Lewis-Potter, who has excelled alongside Anthony Gordon for England Under-21s, but that sort of move would require serious funding. And given Everton’s tricky evasion of financial fair play rules, the reality is they may have to listen to offers for some of their best players.

However, Richarlison feels like someone to build a team around. Noise from Goodison Park is that it would require a huge fee and Spurs have yet to formalize their interest.

Any deal still feels a long way off, but we can expect developments perhaps in the next seven days.

The presence of newly installed Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth at Llanelli at the weekend was no coincidence. With Sven Botman for the Netherlands U21 side, it was a sign the Magpies are serious about finally landing a player who has been their number one defensive target for seven months.

Milan have adapted along the way, but Newcastle sources were growing increasingly confident this week would see movement.

The move to another young player with high stocks would cement a Newcastle approach very different from the policy of signing proven and trusted megastars adopted when the Saudi Public Investment Fund took control.

After agreed terms and a contract length with Everton, Tarkowski’s move should finally be approved earlier this week.

It’s a move that makes sense: Everton desperately need to strengthen their defensive line and Tarkowski need a platform to try and carve his way into the England team ahead of November’s World Cup.

Sources in Germany say Bayern Munich will return this week with a bigger offer for Mane, who is valued at £40m by Liverpool.

It would be quite a moment if the Reds accepted the offer, arguably their biggest recruiting gamble in an era where their bravery has paid off spectacularly. Mane’s stance on a new contract and Liverpool’s reluctance to offer a 30-year-old a long-term deal suggest movement in that deal.

Given Mane’s importance, his skills and the few signs he’s slowing down, Liverpool are taking a chance. This week could provide clues as to what’s coming next.

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