Takumi Minamino ‘has indicated that he wants to join Monaco’ after Liverpool set £17m asking price for the attacking midfielder with Jurgen Klopp keen to revamp squad
- Monaco are reportedly leading the race to sign Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino
- Midfielder expected to leave this summer in search of more regular game time.
- Lyon, Atalanta, Wolves and Fulham have also been linked with Japanese star
Monaco are leading the race to sign Liverpool’s attacking midfielder Takumi Minamino in a £17million deal.
Fellow Ligue 1 club Lyon, Serie A outfit Atalanta, Wolves and Fulham have also been linked with the Japanese international.
But Minamino has indicated that Monaco is his preferred destination, according to the Daily Mirror.
Monaco are leading the race to sign Liverpool’s attacking midfielder Takumi Minamino
The 27-year-old is surplus to requirements at Anfield despite playing a key role in the their FA Cup and League Cup glory last season as the club’s top goalscorer in domestic cup competitions with seven.
He made just 11 appearances in the Premier League – scoring three goals in the process – for Jurgen Klopp’s side in 2021-22.
Minamino is therefore likely to leave Anfield in search of more regular game time.
Klopp admitted in March he had found it hard not to include the Japanese star in his squad more often last season.
The 27-year-old played a key role in the Reds’ FA Cup and League Cup glory last season
‘It is incredibly hard for him and for me as well because it is really tough these kind of things,’ Klopp said. ‘Taki is in an incredible moment.’
Minamino joined Liverpool from Red Bull Salzburg in a £7.25m deal ahead of the January transfer window in 2019.
Having seen little game time too in 2020-21, he headed out on loan to Southampton for the second half of last season and made 10 appearances before returning to Anfield.
The midfielder has scored 14 goals in 55 appearances during his Reds career.
Jurgen Klopp admitted he had found it hard not to include the Japanese star in his squad