Man Utd will have to spend almost entire budget on Darwin Nunez as Benfica raise transfer fee for star striker

MANCHESTER UNITED may have to blow nearly the WHOLE of their summer transfer budget to sign Benfica's Darwin Nunez, according to reports.

The Red Devils are set to embark on a new adventure this summer with Erik ten Hag taking control of the first-team.

But with United spending £1BILLION on players since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, SunSport revealed that the incoming Dutchmanwill have £100millionto spend on new players this summer.

And a lot of that budget would be hoovered up by Benfica should United agree a deal to sign star striker Nunez.

Uruguayan Nunez has impressed this term, scoring 34 times across all competitions.

Six of his goals have impressively come in the Champions League against Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Liverpool.

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And according to Record, as a result of his fine form, Benfica have upped Nunez's asking price to £84m – leaving United very little for other transfers.

Ten Hag could be scouring the free transfer market to bolster the squad if necessary.

The likes of Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, AC Milan's Franck Kessie and Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona are among a number of stellar names whose contracts expire this summer.

If they decide to bring Nunez in, he's likely to be competing for a place in the side with Cristiano Ronaldo.

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That's because the legendary striker is set to stay at least another year.

The football icon doesn’t want to leave on a low and wants to help get the club back into the Champions League.

A United insider revealed: “Ronaldo told the players he’s not going anywhere unless the club say they don’t want him.

"No one is more disappointed than him about how the season has panned out.

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“But he doesn’t want to leave on a low and wants to help get the club back into the Champions League and try and win a trophy next year.

“However, he has told them if the new boss wants to go in a different direction, then he will have no hard feelings and has no regrets about coming back to Old Trafford.”

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