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Nunez fee makes a mockery of the price Newcastle were quoted for Calvert-Lewin

While Liverpool complete a deal for Darwin Nunez, Newcastle have been quoted a ridiculous fee for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Strikers are the most expensive thing in football. It’s easy to understand why – goals win you games. But some of the fees Newcastle are being asked to pay this summer are frightening.

Ivan Toney scored 12 Premier League goals last season, and now Brentford want £50million. Everton have taken it even further, reportedly valuing Calvert-Lewin at £60million.

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That would make him the fourth most expensive English player ever behind Jack Grealish, Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho. Is that really where DCL ranks among our nation’s elite? The fourth most expensive player these shores have ever produced? He’s good, but not that good…

According to the Telegraph, Everton’s asking price has all but ended Newcastle’s pursuit of the 25-year-old. And given what is about to happen at Anfield, it’s easy to see why the Magpies will look elsewhere.

Darwin Nunez fee is only a little bit more than Calvert-Lewin asking price

Darwin Nunez is a player the Newcastle United owners want to sign, but he won’t be coming to St James’ Park.

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Instead, he’s left Benfica to join join Liverpool. According to the Independent, the Reds will pay an initial fee of £64million for the 22-year-old.

That fee could rise to £85million in the coming years, with add-ons worth as much as £21million. If those add-ons are triggered then he will become Liverpool’s most expensive signing ever – and it will also be proof that he’s been a hit under Jurgen Klopp.

But the initial fee of £64million makes a mockery of how much Everton want for Calvert-Lewin. The two players are incomparable.

One has been firing in goals in the Champions League, while the other has just narrowly avoided relegation. One scored 34 times in all competitions last season, while the other didn’t hit double figures (although he was hindered by injury).

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Finally, one is 22, while the other is 25.

Liverpool are getting an absolutely brilliant player in Nunez. Newcastle know that, which is why they’ve been trying to sign him for so long.

But the Reds’ deal should justify the Magpies’ decision to move away from Calvert-Lewin. £60million is a ridiculous fee, and Newcastle can get better value elsewhere – most likely abroad.

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