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Wolves: Old Gold in pole position to sign Takumi Minamino

Wolves: Old Gold in pole position to sign Takumi Minamino -Wolves News

Wolves are the front-runners to sign Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino in the summer transfer window, according to a new report.

The Lowdown: Minamino on the move

The Japanese winger may have had to play second fiddle to the Reds’ main attackers for the bulk of last season, starting just once in the top flight, but he still ended up playing a big part in their impressive campaign.

Minamino scored 10 goals in all competitions, including three in the Premier League, and he was influential in Liverpool winning both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, netting seven times en route to those Wembley finals.

It looks as though the 27-year-old will be allowed to leave Anfield this summer, though, with his current contract expiring in 2024.

The Latest: Wolves in pole position for Minamino

According to Football Insider, Wolves are the favourites to acquire Minamino’s signature, with Bruno Lage keen on bringing him to Molineux and negotiations progressing over a potential transfer.

Liverpool are demanding £17m for the Japan international, who has been given the green light to leave Anfield if he wishes to depart, with the Old Gold believed to be willing to meet that figure and having held talks with the player’s representatives.

Fulham, Leeds United, Southampton and Monaco are also mentioned as potential suitors in the report.

The Verdict: Could be a great signing

Minamino could be a great fit at Wolves, coming in and adding attacking thrust across several positions, such is his versatility. He is capable of playing as a central or attacking midfielder, false nine, striker or wide attacker.

The Liverpool man would bring much-needed guile and end product in the final third at Molineux – Jurgen Klopp has hailed him as a ‘complete’ player – with Lage’s side struggling for goals throughout last season, and £17m doesn’t sound like a bloated price tag for a player who has won 14 trophies during his career.

At 27, Minamino is also in the prime of his career, possessing an abundance of experience but possibly still having his best years ahead of him.

Given his prolific nature whenever he has featured for Liverpool in recent months, and Wolves’ struggles in front of goal, Lage should be able to offer him regular game-time at Molineux, which could help to push through a move.

In other news, a journalist has given a key Wolves transfer update. Read more here.

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