Leeds United have reportedly made progress in their bid to make a third new signing of the summer, with a £17million swoop for Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino apparently making progress.
Jesse Marsch helped design a survival mission in Leeds, with their safety guaranteed on a dramatic final day of the season. The Whites entered their game at Brentford in the bottom three but managed to overhaul Burnley, who were demoted instead.
Los Blancos have suffered badly with injuries throughout the 2021/22 season, with former legendary boss Marcelo Bielsa preferring to operate with a smaller squad.
But it’s a factor Marsch is keen to address and Los Blancos have been quick to get out the blocks this summer. Indeed, they announced the signing of Brenden Aaronson in a £24m deal just days after the survival was confirmed. And their second signing of the summer arrived on Wednesday with Rasmus Kristensen has also signed with Red Bull Salzburg.
However, it looks like Leeds won’t have long to wait for the No.3 signing announcement if the reports are to be believed. To that end, it was claimed on Wednesday that United were one of five clubs in the mix to sign Minamino.
The Japanese star will leave Anfield this summer with £17million on his head. And it emerged on Wednesday that his agent, Yusuke Akiyama, was meeting with his suitors to determine which deal would be best..
Expert reveals Victor Orta’s plan
However, The temperature imagine Leeds’ chances of closing the deal. They claim that Minamino is likely to choose between Leeds and Saints, from whom he benefited on a previous loan. However, it is Leeds who have the advantage with Minamino having previously worked with Marsch at Salzburg.
Fabrizio Romano goes one step further and has also suggested he expects the 27-year-old to move to Leeds.
Leeds director of football Victor Orta has wasted little time this summer on the transfer front. And capturing a new offensive option has always been part of his summer strategy.
Although Minamino is not a centre-forward as such, he is capable of playing there. As such, he would present Leeds with another option.
And with Patrick Bamford missing long stretches of last season through injury, specialist Paul Robinson believes that’s exactly what Leeds need.
“Leeds need to find some sort of striker who plays either wide or as a number nine,” Robinson said. WORD Leeds News.
“They tried with Rodrigo and it didn’t work.
“They’ve played most of the season without Patrick Bamford. It was so obvious. They knew how long he had been away and didn’t go to the market for some reason.
“Leeds cannot start next season without cover in this position. They need someone who can play in that position when Patrick doesn’t.
“It’s absolutely vital that they have a striker.”
Takumi Minamino’s deal makes a lot of sense for Leeds
Now it looks like Takumi Minamino will be that man – with the £17m fee well inside Leeds Unitedis carried.
The Japanese striker enjoyed a very successful spell in Austria, scoring 107 goals in 198 games for the club.
This earned him his transfer to Liverpool, where he scored 14 goals in 55 appearances.
Ten of those games in 24 appearances in 2021/22. And Minamino has proven what he can do, given that only nine of those appearances have come since the start.
He looks like a good choice for Marsch and Leeds. As such, this one looks like a smart signing for Los Blancos if they can pull it off.
Leeds, meanwhile, have also been linked with Alberth Elis, a nine-goal striker who spent 2021/22 on loan at Bordeaux..
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