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Liverpool close on Red Bull Salzburg star Takumi Minamino — and can sign him for just £7.25m

December 12 2019, 9:00am,

Minamino impressed Klopp with his performances in the group stageBARBARA GINDL/GETTY IMAGES

Liverpool are ready to accelerate their interest in Red Bull Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino next month and try to exploit a release clause of just £7.25 million.

The Japan international, who impressed against the European champions despite his own side’s 2-0 defeat on Tuesday night, is available for a fraction of his true market value which underlines why Liverpool are prepared to move in the January window having originally discussed a summer deal.

Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is the driving force behind the prospective transfer having been thrilled by Minamino’s performances in the Champions League where his quality, poise in possession and ability to pick a pass from an attacking midfield role was clear.

The 24-year-old scored in Salzburg’s 4-3 defeat at Anfield in October and had been deployed at the top of a midfield diamond behind two strikers this week. Minamino has also played wide and in a two pronged strike force previously to underline his versatility in a variety of positions.

He has two goals and three assists in the competition and it is understood some of Liverpool senior players mentioned Minamino to the club’s coaching staff having recognised his technical ability and workrate. Minamino covered 66.8kilometres in six appearances in Group E.

However, Klopp has tracked Minamino prior to this season due to his fascination with the Red Bull football empire and its ability to develop the sort of talent he wants for his own teams.

Naby Keita and Sadio Mané both saw their careers take a leap forward at Salzburg having been signed by German sporting director Ralf Rangnick, a figure whom Klopp regards as being a major influence on his own coaching career.

“You are educating great players here in Salzburg,” said Klopp after the win in the Red Bull Arena which sealed the club’s progress into the last 16 of the competition as winners of Group E. They will be seeded and could now face Real Madrid, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund or Olympique Lyonnais.

Liverpool, who see Minamino as being worth in excess of £20 million, believe the player would contribute to their push for honours over the coming months should they be able to win the race for his signature.

A change in Uefa’s rules ahead of the 2018-19 season saw the “cup-tied rule” removed which would allow Minamino to play in the Champions League knockout stages for a new club.

Minamino’s dazzling performances for Salzburg should guarantee a number of interested parties at the end of the season from Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A sides, which is another reason why Liverpool will try and move early. He has scored nine goals in total this term.

There have only been two January signings so far in Klopp’s tenure. Marko Grujic joined from Red Star Belgrade for £5.1million in January 2016 and is currently on loan at Hertha Berlin. Virgil van Dijk came from Southampton for an initial £70 million in January 2018.

It is a measure of Minamino’s talent that Liverpool are prepared to break from their normal strategy, although it has become a forte of Anfield officials to conduct smart transfer business and this would be another example.

Salzburg’s teenage striker Erling Haalandhas drawn many admiring glances, including those of Manchester United, after scoring 28 goals already this season. He has a release clause of around £17 million

South Korean forward Hee-Chan Hwang is another player to have caught the eye and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ sporting director Kevin Thelwell watched him against Liverpool.

But it is Minamino with whom Klopp is taken and wants to sign.

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He's the Salzburg player I was most impressed with in both games against us. He's basically a central midfield version of Son Heung-min.

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I thought Hwang was marginally the better player, but for the price we'd be crazy not to have a punt here.

 

Get him bedded in this season and he can step up to replace Lallana and Shaqiri next season.

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That would be a wonderful bit of business l. He controlled the game at Anfield for long spells. Haaland took the plaudits and hype but everything run through Minamino. I'd actually love to sign a couple of there three front men. Would make a great front 5/6 for us depending on what happens with Origi long term 

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39 minutes ago, Lizzie Birdsworths Wrinkled Chopper said:

Bet Shaq’s delighted.

 

Clever bit of business if it happens. 

This fella and Shaq, even in an inflated market, for the price of 1 x Markovic. 

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Have all of Joyce, Maddock and (crucially) Pearce ever run with a story that turned out to be false?

Imagine the havoc this fella could create alongside or as part of the front 3??

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If he's coming here, it's surely as a wide forward. Keita and Chamberlain have us pretty well covered in the att mid role. They struggle for games as it is. 

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As others have said it’s a complete no brainer at that price and it can only help the title push if he comes in January. 
 

My only reservation is Red Bull are a smart outfit and this clause sounds ridiculously low, maybe that’s the clause for him to go to Leipzig? 

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4 minutes ago, lifetime fan said:

As others have said it’s a complete no brainer at that price and it can only help the title push if he comes in January. 
 

My only reservation is Red Bull are a smart outfit and this clause sounds ridiculously low, maybe that’s the clause for him to go to Leipzig? 

This is Michael Edwards we're talking about. 

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What kind of contracts are they drawing up at Salzburg? £7m release clause for this chap and £17m for Haaland? Thought those red bull twats were more canny than that

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Might have been the only way he’d sign the contract.

 

Developing players with high ceilings are becoming more and more attractive aren’t they, because senior players now command such insanely high fees.

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1 minute ago, Lizzie Birdsworths Wrinkled Chopper said:

Developing players with high ceilings are becoming more and more attractive aren’t they

Particularly to 3 Stacks.

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