Leeds United could swoop in for Takumi Minamino late in the window to replace Crysencio Summerville, who could depart the club.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Leeds United could make a late move for Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino. The Yorkshire club could sign the Japanese international as a replacement for Crysencio Summerville, who could depart before the window closes.
There could be significant movement of players late in this transfer window, with several moves linked to one big transfer. While it’s been a slow market so far, things are expected to pick up pace as the deadline draws closer, with Liverpool and Leeds United among the clubs seeking players.
Leeds United have Crysencio Summerville pencilled in for a late departure in this window, as Hamburg are among the clubs circling for the young winger. While the 20-year-old is not necessarily a key star for the Yorkshire club, he surely is considered a great prospect for the future.
Leeds are still reeling from a season where they have missed the presence of Patrick Bamford upfront, and they want to rectify their shortcomings through this window. While the Whites have been quiet for the most part, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are now prepared to make an offer for Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino.
Hamburg are among clubs interested in signing Leeds winger Crysencio Summerville. Negotiation on, Leeds will make a decision soon. ⚪️🇳🇱 #LUFC
Leeds need to find a replacement to let Summerville leave in January – with Liverpool’s Minamino in the list [once Luís Diaz joins Reds].
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 28, 2022
Liverpool have already rejected a bid from Leeds United for the Japan international, who is still considered an important squad player by Jurgen Klopp. The Reds are waiting to complete their own transfer business before thinking of sanctioning a sale for their fringe stars.
Minamino had an average loan spell last January with Southampton and returned to Liverpool to be part of the squad. The forward has contributed with six goals across all competitions. Klopp relied on the Japan international this month when the side missed the formidable presence of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
In essence, Minamino seems to be expendable, but Liverpool are first waiting to confirm their primary target in this window. They have made a late move for Porto attacker Luis Diaz, who remains on the verge of joining the Merseysiders, who beat Tottenham in the chase for the Colombian international.
They expect to announce the signing well before the transfer deadline, which could pave the way for Minamino to leave the club. Leeds United are expected to come in with another offer before the end of the month, knowing Liverpool might sanction a departure.
The Japanese forward could be viewed as a possible replacement for Summerville. Bielsa wants a player to add goal threat upfront, and Minamino could provide that spark. With the transfer market soon coming to a close, it will be interesting to see how this saga transpires over the next couple of days.