Liverpool target Darwin Nunez excused from Uruguay squad ahead of £85m transfer

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Darwin Nunez was left out of the Uruguay squad to face Panama on Saturday at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo as a precaution ahead of his £85million transfer to Liverpool. The striker was not risked by his national side as he prepares to descend on Merseyside for a medical next week as the Reds continue to negotiate the final elements of a deal with Benfica.

Sporting director Julian Ward met with Benfica chiefs in Lisbon on Saturday morning to finalise the structure of the transfer, including add-ons.

There is now confidence that a deal is now in place with Liverpool expected to pay around £68million up front with £17m in potential bonuses.

And in the biggest clue yet that Nunez is seemingly Liverpool-bound, Uruguay confirmed that he was excused from their final match of the international break – a friendly against CONCACAF minnows Panama.

Liverpool would have been keen to ensure their new frontman does not pick up any injuries or problems that jeopardise the move as they prepare to make arrangements to fly Nunez to England from South America.

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