The Reds agreed terms with Minamino as he sets to undergo medicals
The Japanese professional footballer Minamino will undergo a medical on Wednesday ahead of his £7.25 million move to Liverpool.
The Salzburg midfielder will move to Anfield when the transfer window re-opens on January 1, his debut match might be the FA Cup third-round clash against Everton at home.
The 24-year old had been scouted severally by a host of clubs across Europe, with Manchester United included, but Liverpool but have strong affairs with the Japanese which lead to the haunt of Minamino and put them in pole position.
Minamino impressed against Liverpool in their two Champions League group meetings this summer, netting at Anfield.
“it is an honor to have Champions League champions interested in our players” Salzburg sporting director said last week.
He has netted seven times for the Austrian club in all competition this season as they finished third in the Champions League group phase, dropping into the Europa League last 32.
“Takumi Minamino gives Liverpool more attacking quality” as gathered from analysis from German football expert Raphael Honigstein.
“He is different because he is not comparable to any of the front three forwards they have at the moment.
“Sadio Mane is very different from Mohamed Salah and Salah is very different from Roberto Firmino. Now you add the fourth guy and you can’t really say he is going to be a replacement for X,Y or Z but what it does give you is just a bit more attacking quality.
“What Liverpool have seen over the last year or so was that whenever you bring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain he perhaps doesn’t quite have the impact as one of the front three. He is better in midfield and Xherdan Shaqiri, for all his deft skills, doesn’t really do it consistently enough. And useless you play Divock Origi through the middle it doesn’t really work. Yes you can swap him for Firmino, but not Mane or Salah.
“So, to have a fourth guy that you can rely on would really release the pressure on the other three rocket men up front and would allow Jurgen Klopp to rotate a little bit. It makes a lot of sense to have the fourth guy.
“I was probably expecting Liverpool to make a move for Timo Werner. He could have been the fourth guy, but it didn’t happen. Minamino is a lot cheaper but perhaps also has more value in terms of the improvement and the places he can go.
“Again, Liverpool have learned as a club that you don’t buy the finished article for £100m. You buy that’s going to be worth £50m, £60m or £100m three years down the line thanks to good coaching and thanks to playing in a team that works, and that’s really the key behind their recent successes.
“In Premier League terms, Minamino’s release clause is almost a free transfer. It is less than £10m and you don’t get anyone for that kind of money. Even when you look at Germany or France it is incredibly cheap so even if it doesn’t work out for some reason, it still wouldn’t be a problem because you would get your money back. It is a no-brainer of deal in financial terms.”