Liverpool have expressed an interest in Sevilla forward Lucas Ocampos, according to reports, and the La Liga outfit are determined for Takumi Minamino to be included in any potential deal.
This comes from the Spanish outlet La Razon. They say that Julen Lopetegui could consider a lower fee for Ocampos if Liverpool were willing to make Minamino part of the equation.
The Japanese international is currently enjoying a loan period with Southampton until the end of the season, following his deadline-day switch to St Marys from Anfield.
Minamino, 26, has made the perfect start under Ralph Hasenhutt, too, clocking up two goals in his opening three Southampton appearances. His most recent contribution was a stunning solo effort in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp has spoken fondly of the former RB Salzburg starlet before, but it remains to be seen whether his long-term prospects are to be utilised at Anfield.
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Meanwhile, Ocampos has been with Sevilla since 2019 following a four-year spell with Marseille. He has scored 24 goals and has nine assists since making the switch to La Liga.
Indeed, Liverpool will be on the lookout for fresh attacking talent this summer, especially given the team’s recent wretched run of form.
Ocampos’ versatility makes him an attractive proposition to Klopp, too. The five-time Argentinian international, similarly to Diogo Jota, can operate in a number of positions across the forward front-line.
Sevilla currently value the former Monaco talisman at £56 million, which is quite an extortionate fee given the fact he has clocked up just four goals in 21 La Liga appearances this season.
Minamino, then, could represent Liverpool’s best opportunity of significantly reducing Los Palanganas’ eye-watering asking-price.
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We’re not totally convinced by these reports. Of course, Liverpool would benefit from an added source of attacking firepower, but sacrificing Minamino to do so doesn’t bode well with us.
Klopp has already made it clear that he sees Minamino, who was hailed by Jose Enrique as ‘incredible’, as a long-term prospect at Anfield, which makes the prospect of selling him this summer precarious, to say the least.
Also, Ocampos doesn’t exactly warrant a direct cause to break the bank when you consider his statistical output.
In comparison to other viable targets such as Erling Haaland and Pedro Gonçalves, he falls significantly short of the mark.
There is no doubt that Ocampos is a talented player. However, considering both he and Minamino are the same age, we don’t think Liverpool should take such a financial gamble to land the former AC Milan star.