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Leeds to ramp up Takumi Minamino hunt after Prem survival, with Liverpool star keen to move

Takumi Minamino, Southampton v Liverpool May 2022

Leeds United will step up efforts to sign Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino this summer following their Premier League survival, according to a report.

The Whites were teetering on the brink of relegation on Sunday, but they survived in style. They had to better Burnley’s result against Newcastle and in fact won 2-1 away at Brentford.

As a result, Leeds fans can look forward to another campaign in the top flight under head coach Jesse Marsch.

However, Leeds need to invest in more depth to make sure they do not fall into the same traps they did this season.

And according to Anfield Watch, Liverpool’s Japan international Minamino is a key target. Former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa held interest in the 27-year-old in January alongside director of football Victor Orta.

However, Minamino opted to stay and fight for his place at Anfield until the end of the season.

Nevertheless, the report adds that Leeds’ summer chase for the player would have depended on their Premier League fate. And now that they are staying up, they will ramp up interest again.

Furthermore, Minamino will supposedly be more open to a move away from Liverpool than he was in January.

Indeed, he only made one Premier League start this season, which came away at Southampton earlier this month.

Despite him having a big impact in Liverpool’s domestic cup double, he wants more game time.

Anfield Watch adds that Minamino received ‘several’ transfer approaches in January. Inter, who lost out on the Serie A title to city rivals AC Milan on Sunday, are also in the mix.

As for the fee, the report claims that Liverpool want £17million for their fringe forward. He has two years left on his contract.

Minamino needs move and Leeds perfect

Joe Gomez and Takumi Minamino warming up

Minamino was Liverpool’s top scorer in both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup this season.

But while he has shown his importance that way, it is unlikely he will ever force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League plans unless there is an injury crisis up top.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could stay for at least another season and could yet sign new contracts. Roberto Firmino is in the same boat.

Meanwhile, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz are still in the early stages of their Anfield journeys.

Liverpool man starring in perfect new-found role

Takumi Minamino hasn’t proved the most crucial player for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, but he has settled perfectly into his role this season.

As for where Minamino could go, Leeds would be a perfect move. Head coach Marsch was at RB Leipzig before his move to Elland Road and so will have an eye on players who have come from the Red Bull stable.

Minamino signed for Liverpool from RB Salzburg and went on loan to Southampton last season. Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl used to manage Leipzig too.

As such, the links between Marsch and Minamino are obvious and he would be a welcome addition for Leeds.