Liverpool are prepared to take action in the January transfer window, and are closing in on a deal for Salzburg attacker Takumi Minamino.
The Reds had a quiet summer transfer window but a notable incoming could now arrive in January, with Jurgen Klopp eyeing the impressive Minamino.
The Japanese attacking midfielder, who dazzled in both outings against the Reds and inspired his side’s comeback at Anfield, has a notably small release clause of £7.25 million.
The news of a January deal is reported by all the Merseyside reporters on Thursday morning, with the Independent‘s Melissa Reddy writing that the transfer is already agreed in principle.
And, according to The Times‘ Paul Joyce, Liverpool have made their move despite having “originally discussed a summer deal.”
Jurgen Klopp is said to be the “driving force” behind the potential transfer having been enthralled by the attributes and versatility Minamino has displayed in an attacking role for the Austrian side.
The Reds are seemingly primed to take advantage of the 24-year-old’s lowly release clause as they “believe the player would contribute to their push for honours” this season.
In addition, a change in UEFA’s rules has seen the cup-tied regulation removed which would allow Minamino to play in the knockout stages for a different club – ensuring he could hit the ground running in all competitions.
It would be yet another example of Liverpool’s prolific business in the transfer window, as while they would be deviating away from their normal strategy, Minamino appears to be a deal too good to pass up on.
The Japanese international has attracted interest from across Europe’s top five leagues and Liverpool are seemingly in no mood to be beaten to his signature.
With Joyce stating that Minamino is “whom Klopp is taken and wants to sign.”
But it is not only the manager who has been captivated by Minamino’s talents, as it has been said that a number of Liverpool’s senior figures made note of him to the club’s staff, with his technical ability and work rate duly impressing.
At 24 years of age and boasting an impressive level of versatility across midfield and the forward line, Minamino more than fits the profile of a Liverpool transfer target and he would seemingly slot into the fold with ease.
The arrival of Minamino will likely see Rhian Brewster head out on loan in January.