The latest reports from England have claimed that Liverpool have agreed on a deal with Austrian club RB Salzburg for their star winger Takumi Minamino.
On Thursday, Independent reported that Liverpool have fended off competition from several European giants including arch-rivals Manchester United, to agree on a deal in principle for Minamino who has a release clause of just £7.25million, ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.
According to the English publication, Liverpool’s appreciation of the player began long before Salzburg were drawn alongside them in the same group in the UEFA Champions League, as the Reds have been keeping a close eye on the Austrian team’s talent hub, through which Sadio Mane and Naby Keita have also progressed from.
Independent further added that Christoph Freund, the sporting director of Salburg, spoke to them earlier this week to announce that the 24-year-old is ready to leave the club to join an elite European team.
“He is an outstanding player with an outstanding personality,” Freund said, before adding:
“The big clubs have been watching him and if I was them, I’d have no hesitation to sign him. Takumi is ready to take the next step in January.”
Meanwhile, fans and pundits have also spoken their mind Twitter, after reports on the deal emerged online. Check out some of the best reactions right below:
On Takumi Minamino:
Having interviewed some of Salzburg's hierarchy this week, believe a deal in principle has already been agreed with #LFC for January. £7.25m an absolute steal. Of all the talent at the Austrian club, he's the "true star of Salzburg"https://t.co/RzwEiN57NG
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) December 12, 2019
Here's how Takumi Minamino impressed Liverpool https://t.co/MU1apsKaDS
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) December 12, 2019
— Transfer Scoop (@Standardreports) December 12, 2019
Sounds like minamino to Liverpool is done
Its shame how they move so swiftly about these targets n we just churn out the deal
the dan james took weeks to finalise
AWB too yeah we saved around 10m on him but it took month after James
it was supposed to be our biggest summer #mufc
— Sahil Godse (@sahilgodse) December 12, 2019
— mrvideoguy (@mrvideoguy) December 12, 2019
Minamino will rhyme so well with Firmino ♥️♥️♥️
— Nikhil 🇮🇳 🔴 (@ranjan_rants) December 12, 2019
I can't believe this is actually happening, it was a blessing drawing Salzburg for it's brought us dividends 💦💦💦
— Kenyan Scouse (@LangatGodwin_LG) December 12, 2019
Brilliant signing👌 I was watching him the other night & he was causing all sorts of problems with our defence. 👍
— Annie's Anfield 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@AnnelizaWalsh78) December 12, 2019
Yeah. I'm glad we wont face him again. He's so good with the ball and off the ball
— hectorjoseph4 (@hectorjoseph4) December 12, 2019
— ً (@FourRoIe) December 12, 2019
Oh wow, he was fantastic!
— Ravi Hiranand (@ravi_hiranand) December 12, 2019
Minamino + Keita + Fabinho midfield behind the world's best front 3 is euphoric football heaven! Make it happen @LFC
— Philip Waiganjo M. (@Fylo254) December 12, 2019
Every liverpool fan right now pic.twitter.com/qRf0yKqZNh
— Nathan Armstrong (@Nath_Arm) December 12, 2019
Our new number 19 pic.twitter.com/jXkR8ewmmv
— Max Kulygin (@szerted) December 12, 2019