Leeds United could potentially sign Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino in the summer transfer window, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Lowdown: Minamino enjoying a productive season
The Japan international may not be a key figure at Anfield currently, with world-class names keeping him out of the starting line-up, but he is still having a good season.
However, Minamino has chipped in with an impressive tally of nine goals in all competitions, playing an important role in Liverpool winning the Carabao Cup.
Leeds have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old in the recent past and it may be a rumour which continues to circulate.
The Latest: Leeds backed to make move for Minamino
Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke claimed that Jesse Marsch’s arrival at Elland Road could increase the chances of Minamino coming to Leeds, with the duo having previously worked together.
The journalist said: “Yeah, I still think it’s a position that Leeds need to strengthen. They’ve been so badly hit by Patrick Bamford’s absences this season through injury; they haven’t got much up there. Jesse Marsch knows all about him from his time at RB Salzburg.”
The Verdict: Ideal summer signing
Minamino may not have been a huge success at Liverpool so far but he has shown his class sporadically and would be a shrewd summer addition at Leeds.
The fact that he and Marsch worked together at Red Bull Salzburg means that the Whites’ new manager is aware of his qualities, with Jurgen Klopp also hailing the 27-year-old as ‘exceptional’ after his match-winning double against Norwich in the FA Cup last week.
Minamino’s versatility means he could thrive in a number 10 role, out wide or even leading the line. He could therefore be invaluable to squad depth, not to mention bringing undisputed quality in attacking areas.
Seventeen goals in 37 caps for Japan is also an impressive return, and if Liverpool are willing to part ways this summer, a move to Leeds could suit all parties.
In other news, Phil Hay has provided a key Leeds injury update. Read more here.
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