Liverpool are open to a Takumi Minamino sale, according to reports. The supposed fee, however, is not a pretty one.
This comes from Fichajes in Spain. They believe that Liverpool could agree to a Takumi Minamino sale, with Sevilla interested.
That’s not too surprising on its own. Minamino has struggled to make things work at Anfield and La Liga might be a natural fit for him.
Sevilla are a great club for any player, really, and they could probably work wonders with the 26-year-old.
What really throws us off, though, is the potential fee – £8.5m. That is a tiny price to pay. And it would see Liverpool admitting to an emphatic defeat.
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Cutting your losses
Liverpool paid £7.25m for Minamino but there was a catch, there. He had a release clause and was playing in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Come the summer, though, we’re talking about an international with Champions League experience, playing in the Premier League, and just 18 months into a contract.
£8.5m for that?
The only way that works for Liverpool is if they see no way of raising that price. If they really believe it’s still downhill from here.
Then you cut your losses and agree to getting your money back. That does make some sense but even then, Minamino’s experience should still command more money.
This wouldn’t be a good look for Liverpool, even if it becomes the sensible option. A clean break, both parties going their separate ways, moving on from something that just didn’t work.
But it’s still a defeat. Liverpool certainly didn’t sign Minamino to keep him around for a year, loan him out to Southampton, then sell him for a fee that wouldn’t cover their total expenditure with wages.
Perhaps there are grand plans this summer, though. In that case, take the money and move on. Put it towards something you’re a little higher on.
But again, that’s a pretty emphatic defeat.