Liverpool have agreed a fee with AS Monaco for Takumi Minamino, according to reports. Here’s a breakdown of the deal and the profit.
Sky Sports are one of several outlets reporting that Liverpool will sell Takumi Minamino to AS Monaco. It’s a £15.5m fee – slightly lower than expected – and includes add-ons.
Liverpool get a guaranteed £12.9m in this one, to be paid in five instalments (Santi Aouna). There’s then a further £2.6m in add-ons that could trigger over the next few years.
As we say, this is slightly below the reported asking price. Per the Liverpool Echo, the Reds were after £17m but appear to have settled for less in order to get this one done.
Regardless, Liverpool make a profit here. They signed Minamino from RB Salzburg in January 2020 by triggering his £7.25m release clause (Sky Sports) so even the smaller guaranteed figure makes them money.
That’s £5.65m made in a little over two years. It could rise to £8.25m if the entire offer comes to fruition – but Liverpool must wait and see on that.
Liverpool agree Takumi Minamino fee
You’ve got to say that this is a wonderful deal for Liverpool. While we suspect Minamino is worth far more than £15.5m, the Reds have made a decent profit here.
They bought Minamino for a pittance and have seen him struggle for games ever since. However, his efforts in the cups last season were truly special as he played a massive part in Liverpool’s trophy success. That will be his lasting legacy at Anfield.
Games would have been limited once again next season, too. We completely understand his desire to leave and Liverpool can simply look back on this as having brought in a player, received trophy-winning contributions, moved him on for a profit, without leaving a gaping hole in the squad.
Great business all around.