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Leeds: Paul Robinson makes Takumi Minamino transfer claim

Leeds: Paul Robinson makes Takumi Minamino transfer claim -Leeds United News

Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has made a transfer claim on Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino, as per Football Insider.

The Lowdown: Leeds links

The Whites were linked with a loan move for the 27-year-old late in the January transfer window and have once again been credited with an interest in recent days.

Reports suggested that Leeds would renew their interest in the Japan international, should they avoid relegation. As we now know, Jesse Marsch’s side survived on the final day following a 2-1 win over Brentford and are already working on a move for RB Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson.

Aaronson has previously starred under Marsch, as has Minamino, who has been labelled ‘exceptional’ by Jurgen Klopp.

The Latest: Robinson’s comments

Robinson, who contributes as a pundit for Sky Sports, was talking to Football Insider regarding Minamino’s future at Anfield.

He said that the player will ultimately be the one to decide his next move, believing that an exit could earn him more playing time.

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Robinson stated:

“It really depends on Minamino’s ambition. If he is happy playing a bit-part role then he will stay. Klopp won’t want him to leave.

“That squad is challenging on every front possible. There is no better place to be if you want to be part of the squad. If he wants to play football week in, week out then you suspect he will leave.

“Klopp is starting to rejuvenate that squad but I still think there is a squad role for Minamino next season.

“Listen, if he is happy to sit on the bench every week and play now and then it is a manager’s dream. His future will be determined by personal ambition.”

The Verdict: Shrewd move?

Minamino impressed under Marsch at RB Salzburg, contributing to 20 goals in 22 games, which resulted in a move to Liverpool midway through the 2019/20 campaign.

Capable of playing anywhere across the front line or as an attacking midfielder, the 27-year-old could be a shrewd attacking signing as Marsch looks to implement his style ahead of his first full season in charge at Leeds.

The 48-year-old has got the best out of Minamino in Austria and could look to do the same at Elland Road, especially with star attacker Raphinha linked with a move to Barcelona.

In other news: Leeds could move for Van Persie-esque forward after fresh talks. 


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