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How Liverpool Beat Manchester United to Takumi Minamino Signing

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The Reds moved quickly to secure the RB Salzburg star for less than a third of their valuation.

Liverpool FC v RB Salzburg: Group E - UEFA Champions League
Soon, buddy. Soon
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It would appear that Takumi Minamino is well on his way to Anfield, and TLO’s scouting report already predicts that the RB Salzburg starlet should be the perfect addition to the Jürgen Klopp’s front line options for this title-chasing Liverpool side, making the prospect of his arrival quite exciting.

Sweeter still is the growing reporting on the sides Liverpool beat out to win the race for the 24-year-old’s signature, with the Merseysiders having bested none other than their eternal rivals in Manchester United—who apparently had actually been tracking Minamino longer than Liverpool had.

However, the chef’s kiss highlighting the difference in backroom quality at the clubs has been a revelation by the Press Association that United had no idea he had a £7.25m release clause, a fact Liverpool seized to work towards a January deal while United saw him as a potential summer signing.

With an estimated value of between £20-30M, Minamino has the potential to shine at Anfield, so much so that several Liverpool players are rumored to have identified him as a player the club should consider after he impressed with a goal and an assist in the Reds’ 4-3 Champions League win over Salzburg in October, not knowing that a deal was already in the works.

If everything goes through as planned, his capture looks set add to Michael Edwards’s nearly flawless record in the transfer market, something that has helped propel the Reds to heights of Europe and stands in stark contrast to the muddled mess that has characterized much of his opposite number, Ed Woodward’s, tenure at United.