Liverpool believe they got Takumi Minamino at a bargain price, according to reports. They supposedly valued the player at 3x his fee.
We knew that Liverpool got a good price on Takumi Minamino earlier this year. Everyone saw his performances against Liverpool ahead of the move, after all.
Given the growing hype, a £7.25m deal was sensational, then. No, Minamino hasn’t quite delivered on even that but his talent is clearly far beyond the price.
And it appears Liverpool thought that, too. The Liverpool Echo claims that the Reds valued Minamino at around £22m – 3x what they paid.
No wonder they got that deal done ahead of the transfer window last year, then.
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The report says they’d tracked Minamino since his pre-RB Salzburg days. They weren’t aware of his cheap release clause, however, until Michael Edwards learned of it from his Austrian counter-part.
A relationship there made that possible – otherwise, Liverpool would have been as clueless as everyone else.
Manchester United, AC Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach all had interest of their own, apparently. Liverpool, though, got things done as soon as they knew about the clause.
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If only all deals could go this way.
Liverpool have built a side on the back of getting players for far under their value, though. Virgil van Dijk and Alisson – signed for world-record fees – the exceptions there.
But Andy Robertson and the entire front-three all quickly proved to be worth well beyond what Liverpool paid.
The jury is still out on Minamino, though. In truth, he hasn’t had enough opportunities to consistently build a role in the team.
We’re hoping Saturday was a turning-point in that regard, though. He started the game and scored the opener, his first Premier League goal.
More importantly, he looked like a true Liverpool forward for the first time. If he keeps that up, even £22m will feel undervalued.