Sevilla have expressed an interest in signing Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino this summer, according to reports.
This comes from Spanish publication, Fichajes. They say that Sevilla are interested in the prospect of bringing the 26-time Japan international to La Liga should the opportunity present itself.
Minamino, 26, is currently on loan with Southampton until the end of the season, having secured a deadline-day move to St Mary’s at the beginning of the month.
He has clocked up two appearances so far under Ralph Hassnhuttl, where Minamino scored on his Southampton debut against Newcastle United.
The former RB Salzburg starlet started just two matches under Jurgen Klopp prior to his switch to Southampton. He has already clocked up the same number of starts with the Saints.
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And as a result of the limited opportunities that currently exist within the squad of the English champions, reports have emerged linking Minamino with a move abroad.
Former Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is reportedly keen on bringing Minamino to the home of the reigning Europa League champions.
The reports from Spain indicate that Sevilla are even prepared to pay £8.7 million, per The Daily Star, to get Liverpool’s attention – that’s £1.5m more than the original fee the Reds paid to land Minamino from Salzburg back in January 2020.
Sevilla are expected to sell Oussama Idrissi this summer, meaning the Spanish giants will require a direct replacement for the 24-year-old winger.
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Indeed, Sevilla very-well may require a summer replacement for Idrissi, but unfortunately for Lopetegui, that player will unlikely come in the form of Liverpool’s Minamino.
Klopp has already made it clear how important he holds the Japanese forward in his future plans, after all.
“I’d have loved to keep him just to have the options but in the end, because Takumi is a long term project and always was – we see a lot of potential in him, it makes a lot of sense that he gets a chance to play maybe 17 Premier League games and comes back in a completely different mindset, confidence level and all these kind of things,” Klopp said on the deal in-place to take Minamino to Southampton, per The ECHO.
Klopp’s right. Liverpool want Minamino to showcase he is Premier League quality. Unfortunately, the manager cannot offer the player that at this present moment.
A loan-period elsewhere, then, makes a lot of sense from both Minamino’s and the club’s perspective.
He’s made a good start, too, during his first few weeks on the south coast. Hopefully, these moments of quality in the English top-flight become more frequent so he forces Liverpool into a decision this summer.
Klopp has made it clear he wants to keep Minamino beyond the summer. It’s now up to the player himself to solidify himself back in the club’s long-term thought process.