Liverpool have Juventus man as back-up plan for Minamino

Date published: Wednesday 18th December 2019 2:14 - Matthew Briggs

Liverpool are tracking the progress of Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi, according to a report in Italy.

The 25-year-old has been in and out Maurizio Sarri’s team this season and has not completed a full 90 minutes since the Old Lady drew 1-1 with Lecce back in October.

The Italy international has started 11 matches in all competitions under Sarri, bit the Italian coach prefers the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala as his forward line.

Sarri accused Bernardeschi of “drifting” earlier this month after Juve’s 3-1 defeat at Lazio.

That has led Calciomercato via Sport Witness to report that Bernardeschi could now be available for sale in the January transfer window.



And Juventus may consider a sale if they receive an “important offer” from Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Whether or not that offer will be forthcoming is debatable, especially with the news that Takumi Minamino will become a Liverpool player on January 1 if all goes to plan with his medical on Wednesday.

The European champions have stolen a march on several of their rivals to seal a deal worth a bargain £7.25m for Minamino after it was revealed last week that the Reds had accelerated their plans to sign him.

And with details emerging about how the club’s transfer guru / sporting director Michael Edwards worked behind the scenes to secure the deal, it seems Minamino’s last game for the Austrian champions came against his would-be next employers during last Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

Now the man who broke news of the deal, The Times’ Paul Joyce, says the Japan international is due to undergo his medical on Wednesday which – should it go through without any hitches – will see the player officially become a Liverpool player on January 1.

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