Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg for a bargain fee of £7.25 million.
Minamino, 24, will join up with the Reds on January 1 after the Japan international’s release clause was activated and the deal concluded on Thursday morning.
However, does the capture of Liverpool’s new No.18 – a player Liverpool were reportedly interested well before this season – rule out a move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
According to reports from The Express, Werner, 23, is a player very much on Jurgen Klopp’s radar this season. The German international has a tally of 18 goals in 16 Bundesliga games this season.
Liverpool will be looking to bolster up their squad depth with the European champions competing on all-fronts this campaign. Klopp’s team are one match away from becoming world champions with the team preparing for their FIFA Club World Cup final on Saturday.
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Having signed Minamino from Leipzig’s sister club Salzburg, Liverpool will feel that Werner is a player very much ready-made for Klopp.
According to transfer specialist Ian McGarry, Liverpool could indeed move for Werner as early as January. There are complications to any potential signing with the deal reportedly hinging on whether Salzburg striker Erling Haaland makes the switch to Leipzig.
Haaland, 19 has a staggering 41 goals in 28 matches this season and the towering goal machine has a number of potential suitors across Europe.
Despite this, Liverpool’s current No.9 Roberto Firmino only has five goals in 26 appearances this season and the attacking responsibility left on the Brazilain’s shoulders is appearing to take its toll.
With 71 goals in 218 Liverpool appearances, Firmino is currently not operating at his devestating best this campaign. The goalscoring burden is currently heavy on Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah with the duo currently boasting a combined total of 26 goals this season.
The signing of Minamino despite numerous midfielders already in Klopp’s squad typifies Liverpool’s relentlessness to consistently add to their ranks. With that in mind, Liverpool should be monitoring closely the progress of Werner – who according to the Daily Mirror has a release clause of just £30 million.
With 84 goals and 36 assists in 138 matches for Leipzig, Werner is one of the most prolific goalscorers currently on the market.
Having already signed the likes of Mane, Naby Keita, and of course, Minamino from Red Bull’s footballing enterprises could Werner be the latest addition to Liverpool’s already star-studded line-up?