Italian club in advanced talks with £75,000-a-week Liverpool winger
Lazio are showing interest in Liverpool winger Takumi Minamino ahead of the 2022 summer transfer window. Japan international joined Liverpool from RB Salzburg in winter 2020. Minamino has since thrived as a solid backup option that has given the German manager strength in depth in his unit.
Takumi has especially come to the fore this campaign, scoring ten goals from only 24 games for the Reds across all tournaments. The 27-year-old winger might not have featured at Wembley, but he played a huge role in getting the Reds to the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals.
The Japanese forward is the club’s top scorer in both tournaments and repaid Jurgen Klopp’s faith in him numerous times. The Reds have a stacked attack that has a world-class trio of Mane, Salah and Firmino. The recent arrivals of Jota and Luis Diaz have given Jurgen Klopp more options to call upon.
This squad depth in attacks makes life difficult for footballers below the quintet in the pecking order. Origi is ready to depart Liverpool in the coming summer in the pursuit of regular game time and could be followed out the door by the Asian attacker.
The former RB Salzburg winger has attracted attention from Lazio, who continue to impress under Maurizio Sarri. A capable footballer who can play anywhere along the frontline, Takumi will offer Sarri different options. This is especially true up front, where the Italian lacks a dependable alternative for Immobile.
Liverpool started negotiations with No.11 Brazil international
Man United and Liverpool have both made an approach for Ajax forward Antony Matheys, according to reports in Brazil. Brazil international has been one of Ajax’s standout performers under Erik ten Hag this campaign, scoring 12 goals and registering 10 assists in 33 games.
Man United are looking to strengthen their front-line after a woeful season, and it’s understood that the Dutch manager has identified Matheus as a signing who could immediately improve his team. Liverpool are also in the running to add Antony and have made a concrete approach ‘in recent weeks’ along with Man United.
Erik ten Hag has now worked with the 22-year-old winger for two campaigns at Ajax, and the attacker was quick to make an impact in the Eredivisie following his arrival from Sao Paulo in an £18.2m deal in 2020. Newcastle United have also made an approach, but the Brazilian attacker’s preference would be to join either Man United or Liverpool.
Erik ten Hag made his admiration for the South American attacker clear. ‘If Antony were to go, it would be a loss for Ajax,’ the Dutch coach said. ‘You have no one in the current squad who can take over his position. He is top class.’ The Brazilian’s current contract with Eredivisie giants expires in 2025.
Speaking about Matheus’ impact on the Ajax team earlier this month, Erik ten Hag said: ‘Without Antony it is all a bit less fast and dynamic on the right, which also makes it more difficult for the team. Then the spaces become a lot smaller.’
Liverpool interested in signing No.7 South American midfielder
Fluminense midfielder Andre Trindade is attracting a lot of interest from teams in Europe, with giants Liverpool and Barcelona setting their sights on the youngster.
The Brazilian midfielder came through the youth ranks at Fluminense and made his first-team breakthrough in September 2020, from which point on, he has been a regular in the side. Trindade has already amassed 70 senior games for the Brazilian club, bagging two goals and assists apiece.
A defensive midfielder by trade, Trindade has displayed versatility so far in his burgeoning career as the midfielder has shown the capability to play higher up in the centre of the park or even as a right-sided footballer. His potential has not gone unnoticed as teams around Europe have taken an interest in the South American midfielder.
As per the report, the Reds have emerged as a keen admirer of Trindade, with Liverpool having the young midfield prospect scouted recently. The Reds have a good relationship with Fluminense, having recently signed young shot-stopper Marcelo Pitaluga from the Brazilian team.
And they could look to swoop away another talent from the South American club in Trindade. However, the Reds could potentially face competition from La Liga behemoths Barcelona, who are also keeping tabs on the 20-year-old midfielder.
Barcelona have a rich history of picking up young talents from Brazil and nurturing them in the first team. And with the club needing a long-term replacement for Busquets, Trindade could be someone who can be groomed into that role.