Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino has agreed to join Southampton FC on loan. Per The Athletic UK, an agreement between Southampton and Liverpool is “imminent”.
The Japanese international will join The Saints on a six month loan and is undergoing his medical as you are reading this.
Minamino has struggled for game time this season, playing less than 750 total minutes across 17 appearances. Takumi Minamino will receive plenty of minutes as Southampton are currently trying to offload Shane Long. Bournemouth are favouries to land the Ireland international.
Sky Sports News Reporter, Rebecca Williams, described this move as “quite the coup” for Southampton.
The negotiations only started this morning so this is a rather last minute deal for Southampton. But we know they are really keen to bring a player on loan…This would be a pretty exciting move for SouthamptonRebecca Williams on Takumi Minamino’s Southampton transfer
Takumi Minamino joined Liverpool just a year ago from Red Bull Salzburg after activating his £7.25 million release clause. His move to Liverpool made him the first Japanese player to play for the Reds.
Since joining Liverpool, he has struggled to lock down a consistent role in the Premier League Champions set up. Just after joining the Merseyside club, COVID-19 struck and put the footballing world at a standstill. This, no doubt, will have affected his confidence and how quickly he adapted to the club.
Returning to Liverpool a Better Player
Consistent minutes with Southampton will do great things for the attacker’s confidence and he will no doubt return to the club a better player. Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has a great reputation at developing talent.
If Southampton had their way, Minamino would not be the only Liverpool player joining them today. The Saints also made a loan move for young defender Neco Williams, but that was rejected by Liverpool.