A slew of Premier League clubs sent scouts to take part in the action between Benfica and Barcelona on Wednesday night, according to reports.
Nunez in the double
Portuguese powerhouse Benfica hosted struggling Barça at the Estadio da Luz 48 hours ago, for a decisive clash in the group stage of the Champions League.
Both teams headed into action with their sights set on a first win of the European campaign, with Ronald Koeman’s visitors in particular desperate for a comeback result after being beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich.
However, when all was said and done in Lisbon, the Blaugrana’s woes only worsened.
Finally, another abysmal performance saw Barca fall into another 3-goal defeat, dealing a serious blow to any hope of a place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
Darwin Núñez proved to be the star of the show, pocketing a double on either side of Rafa Silva’s effort with twenty minutes remaining to guide Benfica to a historic result.
Benfica overtakes Barcelona after three minutes! 😳
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 29, 2021
The giants watch
However, as described above, the representatives of the two sides in action were far from the only ones who participated in the totally unilateral action at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday.
Reportedly originating from the Portuguese medium A Bola, more than 30 clubs sent scouts to Lisbon to see how the proceedings were unfolding.
Attendees included staff members from Premier League teams Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Leicester, Southampton and Leeds.
In addition, European heavyweights Juventus, Bayern Munich and Atlético de Madrid were also present.
Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea sent scouts to watch Benfica defeat Barcelona 3-0 as they watch Darwin Núñez’s transfer foray https://t.co/xo06tVqz73
– The Sun – Arsenal (@SunArsenal) October 1, 2021
Who, however, were those from the Portuguese capital there to watch?
The obvious answer would be star performer Darwin Núñez, who, riding a heavy Links (edit) to Brighton & Hove Albion over the summer, it has enjoyed an enormously productive opening for the new season.
His latest double brought the 22-year-old’s tally to six goals in seven appearances in 2021/22, with the top clubs, in turn, no doubt keeping a close eye on the talented Uruguayan’s development.
Other possible transfer targets came in the form of left-back Alex Grimaldo, targeted for a potential Return to Barcelona this week, Julian Weigl, rumored be on Chelsea’s wish list, and Sergi Roberto, without a contract at Camp Nou next summer.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s early-season stellar form Ronald Araujo has probably drawn attention across the continent.
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