18 December 2019 18:37
Takumi Minamino scored for Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield earlier this season Takumi Minamino will have a medical at Liverpool on Wednesday ahead of a proposed move from Red Bull Salzburg in January. Liverpool began negotiations to sign the 24-year-old, who has a £7.25m release clause in his contract, last week and he is now expected to officially arrive at Anfield on January 1. The Japan attacking-midfielder impressed against Liverpool in their two Champions League group games this season, scoring at Anfield. Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund said last week it was an "honour" to have Champions League champions Liverpool interested in their players. Minamino has scored seven goals in all competitions for the Austrian league leaders this season as they finished third in the group phase, dropping into the Europa League last-32.
Liverpool have insisted the proposed deal for Minamino is not for commercial reasons and based solely on football ability and suitability to Jurgen Klopp's squad. With Jurgen Klopp set to sign his fourth player from Ralf Rangnick's production line, the former RB Leipzig boss says the Liverpool manager 'doesn't need to thank' him. "So, to have a fourth guy that you can rely on would really release the pressure on the other three rocket men up front and would allow Jurgen Klopp to rotate a little bit. "In Premier League terms, Minamino's release clause is almost a free transfer. Minamino is expected to join Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool on January 1 "Minamino has impressed in Red Bull Salzburg's two games against Liverpool in the Champions League.
RB SALZBURG forward Takumi Minamino is set to have a medical with Liverpool today ahead of his £7.25million January transfer move. The Times report the Japanese forward will complete his medicals before joining on January 1. 3 Minamino is available well below his true value because of a release clause reportedly inserted in his contract Credit: Getty - Contributor Minamino is available well below his true value because of a release clause reportedly inserted in his contract. It is understood the European champions were left impressed by Minamino's attacking threat and workrate during their 2-0 win last week. Reds star Sadio Mane developed well in two years at Salzburg, who Klopp praised for "educating great players" in midweek.
If no issues are discovered, the 24-year-old attacker is then expected to complete his move when the transfer window opens on January 1. Minamino shot to prominence among Liverpool supporters with his performances against the Reds in the Champions League group stage. He scored in Salzburg's 4-3 defeat at Anfield and was the Austrians' star performer in the reverse fixture earlier this month, which Jurgen Klopp's side won 2-0 to progress. Several Liverpool players urged the Reds to consider buying the player, only to discover the forward – who has nine goals in 22 appearances this season for Salzburg – has long been on Klopp's radar. Minamino is not be cup-tied for the Champions League knockout stages and would therefore be available to feature against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 should his transfer be completed.