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Liverpool agrees to sell Takumi Minamino to Monaco.

Liverpool Takumi Minamino, Six Sports

Liverpool have agreed a deal with Monaco for Takumi Minamino. The forward leaves after two-and-a-half years at Anfield. The 27-year-old has been on the fringes of Jurgen Klopp’s side since arriving in January 2020. During his time at the club, the Japanese international joined Southampton on loan in the winter transfer window of 2021. But he struggled at Southampton and scored only 2 goals.

However, since returning from loan he has played a crucial squad role in that time. His influence in the League Cup and FA Cup last season in the initial rounds against lower league teams was crucial. Klopp even lambasted that it was a crime he hadn’t been utilized more. So after the end of the season, it looks like Liverpool and the agent of Minamino both have agreed the player needs to move on permanently to develop more in his career.

LIVERPOOL-TAKUMI MINAMINO, AN EXPECTED ENDING AFTER LAST SEASON

The arrival of Luiz Diaz in the January transfer window last season and the arrival of Darwin Nunez in this summer transfer window had Takumi’s game time even more reduced. So with the game time not coming at Liverpool, a transfer for the forward had long been expected. He was also not short on suitors this summer. There was interest from Premier League teams and Ligue 1 teams.

But it looks like Monaco from Ligue 1 has reached an agreement with Liverpool. According to reports, Liverpool are set to receive a guaranteed fee of £12.87m (€15m), with a further £2.57m (€3m) in add-ons. The 27-year-old has agreed personal terms with Monaco. Although, he must still pass his medical which is yet to take place. The forward is currently in his homeland for holidays.

Minamino has featured 55 times for Liverpool and has scored 14 goals in his time. But he recently voiced his desire to play an important role for the team he plays on a regular basis. “I want to do my best to be a player who can produce results in important games,” he said. All in all, this is a great move for all the parties concerned.

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