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Frankfurt, Southampton: 5 clubs who should sign Liverpool star Minamino

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Takumi Minamino has been a fringe player at Liverpool ever since arriving from RB Salzburg in January 2020, and now, according to reports, the Reds want to sell the Japanese international this summer.

With Luis Diaz joining in January and Jurgen Klopp targeting Darwin Nunez as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane, it makes sense why Minamino is open to leaving Anfield and why Liverpool want to sell the winger, with the attacker making just nine starts in all competitions last season.

Despite an impressive tally of ten goals in the last campaign, Minamino’s urge to leave and Liverpool’s openness to letting the forward leave is a win-win, with BBC Sport reporting that £17m is what the Reds are demanding for the 27-year-old.

Indeed, numerous clubs are already chasing Minamino, yet here are five sides that could be ideal new destinations for the Liverpool star, who now looks set to leave Merseyside just over two years after signing for the European giants.

Atalanta

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Atalanta are regarded by many as one of the most well-run football clubs in Europe, with the Bergamo-based side using data and metrics to find shrewd signings in the market that eventually develop into world-class players, and Minamino could fit the bill for what they’re looking for.

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The free-scoring Italian side missed out on Europe altogether this season after consecutive UEFA Champions League finishes, and if Atalanta are to return to their perch, an attacking signing like Minamino could be the saviour of their European woes in 12 months.

AS Monaco

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One of five sides BBC Sport have listed as an interested party in Minamino, the Ligue 1 giants could have an exciting summer on their hands following the sale of star midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, with Real Madrid set to splash €100m on the France international.

With Monaco ending the season strong despite missing out on an automatic UEFA Champions League spot, Minamino can be an invaluable signing for the Ligue 1 side this summer, especially if they are to better their third-place finish.

Eintracht Frankfurt

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Japanese and Asian players overall have often found incredible success in the Bundesliga, and after their UEFA Europa League-winning season, Eintracht Frankfurt could attract a player of Minamino’s quality to Germany this summer.

Indeed, the Bundesliga side will be competing in the Champions League next season, and with fellow countryman Daichi Kamada already on Frankfurt’s books, Minamino would be a welcome addition to the European title-winning side in the summer.

Fulham

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Like every time Fulham make their biannual return to the Premier League, the west London side are looking to make a host of signings in their attempt to stay up next season, and Minamino is reportedly on Marco Silva’s watchlist.

With Aleksander Mitrovic coming off a record-breaking goalscoring year in the Championship, adding Minamino to the picture alongside Harry Wilson could form a strong attack for Fulham, and the Cottagers have the ambition and pull to attract the Liverpool star down to the English capital.

Southampton

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Minamino joined Southampton on a short-term loan deal in the second half of the 2020/21 season, and the Japanese star was an immediate success on the south coast, so-much-so that the Saints, one year later, are still trying to bring the winger back on a permanent deal.

Indeed, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were disappointing last season and talk of relegation next season is already drawing in, though if Southampton were to sign Minamino, the former Salzburg star would be an outstanding addition to keep the St. Mary’s side up in the Premier League.

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