Liverpool fans have exploded with delight as RB Salzburg winger Takumi Minamino is set to have a medical at Melwood and will join the Reds in January.
The Merseyside club have reportedly fended off competition from the likes of rivals Manchester United, AC Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach to capture the Japan international.
The deal progressed quickly on Thursday, as The Independent revealed that Christoph Freund, sporting director of the Austrian champions, was ready to see him move to one of Europe’s elite clubs after five years at Salzburg.
The 24-year-old has scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in 22 appearances for Die Mozartstädter, including a goal at Anfield during his side’s 4-3 defeat against the European champions in October.
As long as he passes his medical, Takumi Minamino will become a #LFC on January 1. Borussia Mönchengladbach, AC Milan and Manchester United among those beaten to his signature.
Fee of £7.25 million – effectively what Liverpool banked for selling Ryan Kent to Rangers.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) December 12, 2019
The Athletic’s James Pearce revealed that Minamino will become a Liverpool player on January 1st 2020 for a fee of just £7.25m, while also revealing the news about competition for his signature and even comparing the fee to selling Ryan Kent.
Supporters were overjoyed with the news from Pearce and made their feelings clear about it on social media. One fan described Minamino as the “upgraded” version of Tottenham winger Son Heung-min.
Here you will find some of the best comments from Liverpool fans:
Good News Pearce is back
— Josh (@KloppStyle) December 12, 2019
Liverpool’s Upgraded version of SON…. Son is fuming😂😂😂
— ADEWUNMI❤ (@Ibrahim85713102) December 12, 2019
BEAUTIFUL CUSHIONED HEADER BY PEARCEEEE
— ً (@CalvesLikeShaq) December 12, 2019
Oh oh he’s magic you know takumi minamino he’s magic you know
— Andrew Quinn- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🎄 (@AndrewQ68003418) December 12, 2019
— Irvin_ (@LfcOkx) December 12, 2019
Good news Pearce
— Kaye8a. 🏆 (@KayethenLFC) December 12, 2019
— Peter Williams (@p_williams_0151) December 12, 2019
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