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Minamino joins Liverpool FC from RB Salzburg on long-term contract



Liverpool have confirmed that Takumi Minamino will join the club from RB Salzburg on January 1 on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

The Japanese international successfully underwent a medical on Wednesday and is set to officially complete his move to Anfield when the transfer window opens.

He could now be in line for a debut against Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup on January 5.

The Reds have paid just £7.25m to snare Minamino after triggering a release clause in his Salzburg contract.

That looks a snip for a player who has scored 64 goals in 189 appearances for the Austrian champions since arriving from Cerezo Osaka in 2014.

Liverpool Correspondent David Lynch on new signing Takumi Minamino

“It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player. And I’m so excited that the moment has come true,” said Minamino in an interview on the club’s website .

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Minamino has been tracked by Liverpool’s scouting team since those early stages of his career, while Jurgen Klopp has also long been an admirer.

Minamino in action against Liverpool in the Champions League Photo: AFP via Getty Images

The German’s attacking options will receive a significant boost with the signing of the 24-year-old, who is capable of playing across the frontline and in attacking midfield.


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