Monaco agree €18m transfer for Minamino as frustrated Liverpool attacker gets new opportunity

The forward will be able to get more regular playing time after struggling to break into Jurgen Klopp’s first team at Anfield.

Monaco have agreed an €18 million (£15.5m/$19m) deal to sign Takumi Minamino from Liverpool, GOAL can confirm.

The Ligue 1 outfit have made their move for the Japanese international, and look set to beat the likes of Leeds and Southampton to his signature.

Minamino, who scored 10 goals in 24 appearances for the Reds last season, is now set to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical before making the move to Stade Louis II.

After a round of negotiations this week, it has been agreed that Monaco will pay a fixed fee of €15m (£13m/$16m), with a further €3m in performance-related add-ons.

That is a little lower than Liverpool’s original asking price, but is viewed at Anfield as a good deal, with Minamino having cost around half that fee when joining from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.

Minamino played a key role in the Reds’ two domestic cup successes last season, top-scoring in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

But he didn’t feature in either final, and managed just one Premier League start all campaign, and only nine in total.

That role frustrated him, and he recently told Sanspo that he “felt motivated by regret and anger every day”.

“I’ve never had this much time as a player,” he added. “It was difficult to maintain the condition and connect with my feelings.

“Many of the games I played weren’t of interest to anyone.”

With the likes of Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez already signed ahead of the new season, it was clear that opportunities for the 27-year-old would be similarly limited this term.

Southampton, with whom he spent four months on loan during the 2020-21 season, held talks earlier this week, while Leeds, managed by Jesse Marsch, his former boss at Salzburg, also made an enquiry, but it is Monaco who have made their move and now look set to land the player.