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Liverpool set to sign Salzburg striker Takumi Minamino in January for just £7.25m

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Liverpool set to sign Salzburg striker Takumi Minamino

Multiple reports on Thursday are claiming that Liverpool are set to sign Salzburg striker Takumi Minamino in January.

Minamino has recently played against Liverpool in the Champions League.

The 24-year-old Japanese forward scored for Salzburg at Anfield earlier this season.

Minamino’s price tag is just £7.25m

Times reporter Paul Joyce has disclosed Minamino’s price tag:

Liverpool are ready to accelerate their interest in Red Bull Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino next month and try to exploit a release clause of just £7.25 million.

Jurgen Klopp wants Minamino

Both the Times and Mirror are reporting that Jurgen Klopp is the one pushing for the Minamino deal at Anfield.

Paul Joyce has noted the following:

(Klopp) is the driving force behind the prospective transfer having been thrilled by Minamino’s performances in the Champions League.

In the Mirror, David Maddock writes:

Klopp spoke glowingly about him after both games against Salzburg, and a deal looks possible with the player keen on the Premier League.

Minamino can play for Liverpool in the Champions League

Liverpool qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League after a 2-0 win at Salzburg in midweek.

As confirmed in the Times, if Minamino joins the Reds in January, he’ll be able to play for Liverpool in their upcoming UCL matches:

A change in Uefa’s rules ahead of the 2018-19 season saw the “cup-tied rule” removed which would allow Minamino to play in the Champions League knockout stages for a new club.

Minamino’s stats this season

In 22 games in all competitions, Minamino has nine goals and eleven assists.

Five of Minamino’s goals have come in the Austrian league.

He scored two goals in this season’s Champions League, while chipping in with three assists.

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