Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco will step up their interest in Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino in the coming weeks.

According to Foot Mercato, Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco are keen on taking their interest in Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino to the next level in the coming weeks.

The Japanese international joined the Reds from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 and has since established himself as a reliable squad player. Minamino is technically adept and knows where the goal is. However, given the riches at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal in attack, he has failed to develop into anything more than a glorified rotation player at Liverpool.

At 27, the attacker is in the prime of his career and could do a job elsewhere. Minamino played a key role in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup and FA Cup success last season and was the club’s top scorer on both fronts. Unfortunately, it has not been enough to elevate his position in a star-stacked squad at Anfield.

A move could be on the cards, and several teams are in the fray. The English trio of Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham are all keeping tabs on the Liverpool forward and could make a move to land their man. Monaco will do well to act fast and seize the initiative in the transfer race.

End of an era? (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
End of an era? (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Liverpool, for their part, are seeking a fee of £17 million for the Japanese international’s services. That should prove to be no problem for Monaco who are flush with funds from selling Aurelien Tchouameni to Real Madrid for a bomb.

A move to Ligue 1 could prove to be a good career move for Minamino. Not only will he be plying his trade in a less physical league but also can make use of his technical ability on the ball to great effect. The chance of deploying the 27-year-old alongside Wissam Ben Yedder, Kevin Volland and Sofiane Diop will add further impetus to the Monaco frontline.

Minamino’s agent is already in Europe and trying to engineer a move for his client away from Anfield. In AS Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell, he has just the man who is willing to do that.

Capable of playing anywhere along the frontline, Minamino is a technically gifted player who can link up well with those around him and improve a mobile attack. A move this summer will be a win-win for all parties. Monaco will be landing a solid player, and Minamino will be set for a bigger role at the Stade Louis II. Liverpool, for their part, will make a steady profit on a squad player before reinvesting the money elsewhere.

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