Before Premier League leaders Liverpool agreed to an 85 million contract for the Benfica striker, according to The Athletic.
Newcastle, a Nouveau-riche city, may have a depth deeper than the Marianas Trench these days, but there is still an acceptance of where they are and where they need to go.
The clubs' recruitment strategy is by no means faultless, and the long-running and long-doomed pursuit of Hugo Ekitike is an example that must be learned from. The clubs' recruitment policy is a sensible marriage of ambition and realism.
Once Liverpool became the frontrunners for Nunez, Newcastle were in no position to flog the proverbial dead horse. According to The Athletic, the Saudi-backed Tynesiders were never realistically expected to sign a centre-forward Liverpool have paid 64 million up front.
Despite claims that they initially tested the waters with a 50 million proposal of their own (FootMercato), it is better to move on to different goals rather than waste your time barking up the wrong tree.
Jurgen Klopp claims to be impressed by his concentration and humility.
Uruguay's international goalkeeper scored two of his 34 goals last season in the Champions League quarter-finals against Liverpool.
Darwin is a wonderful player, Klopp says. Already very good, but with great potential to improve. That's why (the signing is) so exciting, to be honest. His age, his desire, his desire to be even better than he is currently. His belief in our organization and what we're aiming to achieve as a club.
When we appreciate each other's strengths, he is equally as interested in us as we are by him. That is certainly the case here. He believes we are the right fit for us, and we can certainly agree.
Armando Broja is reportedly the club's latest signing after being rejected by Everton and Brentford for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ivan Toney.
Newcastle are optimistic about securing the Chelsea youngster, according to the Northern Echo.