18 December 2019 18:37

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Takumi Minamino to undergo Liverpool medical ahead of transfer from Red Bull Salzburg

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.

Manchester United are also being linked with a move as well, but at the moment, it appears Liverpool are best placed to complete a deal and look favourites to bring him to Merseyside." Sky Sports will bring you the very latest news from the January transfer market with the return of three shows. Start your day with Good Morning Transfers at 9am as our team of reporters bring you the latest news and insight. Red Bull Salzburg's playmaker Takumi Minamino is due to have a medical at Liverpool on Wednesday before his proposed £7.25m move. Liverpool triggered the Japan international's release clause last week, a couple of days after facing him for the second time in the Champions League group stage. Providing no problems are encountered it is understood the 24-year-old will sign his contract on Wednesday and become a Liverpool player on 1 January.

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.

Minamino has nine goals and 11 assists in all competitions for club this season as well as seven for Japan in the calendar year. 3 Liverpool were left impressed by Minamino's attacking threat and workrate during their 2-0 win Credit: Getty - Contributor It's rare for massive clubs to find a bargain in the transfer market but the £7.25million release clause in Takumi Minamino's contract at RB Salzburg is precisely that. The Japanese forward is having his medical on Merseyside today after Liverpool have moved swiftly to sign a player who impressed in both meetings between the two sides in this season's Champions League, having scored and assisted a goal at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp has needed adequate cover, if not a straight rotation option for Roberto Firmino for some time; his Liverpool team just isn't the same without the Brazilian and the other strikers on the books are Divock Origi,... The European champions have agreed to trigger a £7.25million release in the player's Red Bull Salzburg contract to bring him to Anfield in the New Year.

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.