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Leeds United: Journalist drops Takumi Minamino transfer claim

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Leeds United making a move for Takumi Minamino this summer would make a lot of sense, according to Pete O’Rourke. 

The football journalist has been speaking to This Is Futbol to discuss the Yorkshire club’s plans for this summer’s transfer window.

Reports have suggested the Whites could make a move for the Japanese midfielder with his potential departure from Anfield becoming increasingly likely.

And O’Rourke believes a swoop for the Liverpool man would make sense because of Jesse Marsch’s previous links with Minamino from their time together at RB Salzburg.

However, it is apparent he is not in the immediate plans of Jurgen Klopp and with his agent already working on a departure, O’Rourke believes a move to Elland Road could make sense.

He said: “Yeah, it makes sense, this Minamino/Leeds link. Jesse Marsch is well aware of the Japanese international from their time together at RB Salzburg.

“The move to Liverpool just hasn’t really worked out for Minamino. He’s shown glimpses of what he could do while he’s just not had enough regular first-team football, finding it hard to break into that Liverpool attack.”

TIF Thoughts on O’Rourke’s comments…

Minamino has been starved of first-team football at Anfield with just 176 minutes of Premier League action to his name over the 2021/22 campaign.

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However, he has shown that he is capable of performing in the English top-flight with three goals in those minimal minutes last season.

And there is certainly evidence to suggest Marsch is capable of getting the best out of the 27-year-old who provided 20 goal involvements in the 22 appearances he made under the American.

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