Leeds an 'attractive option' for 'top-class' £17m star at Elland Road

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch

Leeds United could be an “attractive option” for Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino, claims journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Reds are thought to be open to selling the 27-year-old this summer, and Elland Road has been named as a possible destination for him.

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What is the latest news involving Minamino?

According to The Times, Leeds and Southampton, where Minamino spent the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan, are both interested in signing the Japanese player.

The same outlet, as well as BBC Sport, claims that he will cost his next club £17m.

Minamino has been a bit-part player for Liverpool since joining the Reds from Red Bull Salzburg in the 2020 winter transfer window, starting just the sole Premier League game in the campaign that has just gone.

A move away from Anfield now looks inevitable, with a reunion with Jesse Marsch seemingly a possibility.

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What has O’Rourke said about Minamino to Leeds?

O’Rourke thinks the Marsch factor could give Leeds a boost in their mission to bring the former Salzburg man in. The two, of course, previously worked with each other at the Red Bull Arena.

Speaking about Leeds’ interest in Marsch’s former player, O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I think staying in the Premier League could be an attractive option for him, and working again with Marsch, I’m sure, will boost Leeds’ chances of maybe getting the deal done for Minamino.”

Would Minamino be a good fit for Leeds?

Yes. Having worked under Marsch before, it should be a seamless transition to Elland Road if that is the route he takes this summer.

The Japan international can press well, though that is to be expected of someone who has played for Marsch, Jurgen Klopp and Ralph Hasenhuttl.

In the 2020/21 Premier League season, he ranked in the 90th percentile for successful pressures and the 93rd for pressures in the midfield third among attacking midfielders and wingers (via FBref), showing his desire and willingness to try and get the ball back.

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“Obviously, there are more difficult situations than Taki’s out there in the world but it’s obviously not so easy to be in and out and sometimes these kind of things,” Klopp said back in March (via LiverpoolWorld) when discussing Minamino’s lack of starts.

“But his character is obviously top-class, which means when he is needed or when I give him the opportunity, he is delivering on a top-class level. I’m really happy.”

Ultimately, it has not worked out for Minamino at Liverpool; however, it looks like he could get another chance in the Premier League thanks to his former Salzburg boss.

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