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Brighton and Benfica break bread for a record contract by Darwin Núñez

Brighton begins negotiating for Benfica's Darwin Núñez in a record contract with the club

Things have started off brilliantly for Brighton in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign after Graham Potter’s Seagulls rallied 1-0 to earn a 2-1 away win at Turf Moor against Sean’s Burnley. Dyche. In an attempt to bring more joy to Amex Community Stadium in the early gates of the campaign, Brighton has opened talks with the Portuguese giants SL Benfica to sound out a play for Uruguayan international Darwin Nunez.

The story comes from The Daily Mail’s chief soccer reporter. Sami Mokbel and mentions that both clubs came to the table about a possible deal that would set Brighton back 25 million pounds. Such a fee would crush the club’s transfer that was finalized in 2019 when the Seagulls bought AZ Almkaar’s Iranian international winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh for £ 17 million.

Despite securing three points last weekend, any improvement to Potter’s attack line is certainly a long time after last season.

Brighton data in 2020-21 showed a better side than the table suggested

If numbers told the only story, Brighton would be gearing up for its first European campaign this season. But sadly, the data is just one piece of an intricate puzzle, and despite presenting some impressive numbers, the Seagulls did not achieve a top-seven result.

But the hope was that the club could bring in a much more efficient center forward to stop Brighton’s inability to finish off chances last season. Núñez fits the bill perfectly by offering a young player profile that could be built for the duration of his stay on the South Coast should an agreement be reached and his services acquired.

Brighton begins negotiating for Benfica's Darwin Núñez in a record contract with the club

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, UK. Sports stadiums across the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, as government social distancing laws prohibit fans within venues, causing games to be played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sebastian Frej / MB Media / Getty Images)

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

If Brighton comes to terms with the renowned Uruguayan international, Graham Potter’s Seagulls could really change a head or two this season.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 United manchester 1 4 3
2 Chelsea Football Club 1 3 3
3 Liverpool FC 1 3 3
4 West Ham United 1 2 3
5 Everton FC 1 2 3
6 Brentford fc 1 2 3
7 Watford FC 1 1 3
8 Brighton and Hove Albion 1 1 3
9 Leicester City 1 1 3
10 Tottenham Hotspur 1 1 3
eleven Aston Villa 1 -1 0
12 FC Burnley 1 -1 0
13 Manchester city 1 -1 0
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 -1 0
fifteen Newcastle united 1 -2 0
sixteen Southampton FC 1 -2 0
17 Arsenal FC 1 -2 0
18 crystal Palace 1 -3 0
19 Norwich city 1 -3 0
twenty Leeds United 1 -4 0
Player Team Goals
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 3
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 1
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 1
Benrahma said West Ham United 1
Richarlison Everton FC 1
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 1
Cresswell, Aaron West Ham United 1
Alonso, Marcos Chelsea Football Club 1
Doucoure, Abdoulaye Everton FC 1
Ayling, Luke Leeds United 1
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 1
Wilson, Callum Newcastle united 1
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 1
Norgaard, Christian Brentford fc 1
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 1
Tarkowski, James FC Burnley 1
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 1
Fred United manchester 1
McGinn, John Aston Villa 1
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 1


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