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Leeds: Fabrizio Romano drops Takumi Minamino update

Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on the future of reported Leeds United transfer target Takumi Minamino.

What’s the talk?

In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist revealed that, despite being heavily linked with a move to Elland Road this summer, the Liverpool forward is now set to join AS Monaco in a deal worth €15m (£13m) plus €3m (£2.5m) in add-ons.

The transfer insider went on to state that the 27-year-old has also agreed personal terms with the Ligue 1 side, with the deal expected to be completed imminently.

In his tweet, Romano said: “AS Monaco and Liverpool are preparing paperworks for Takumi Minamino deal. Liverpool will receive €15m fee guaranteed and €3m add-ons related to performances as they initially wanted €17m. Done, sealed. Minamino has also accepted personal terms conditions.”

Supporters will be gutted

Considering just how well-suited Minamino would have been to Jesse Marsch’s tactical setup at Elland Road, in addition to the fact that the 48-year-old manager has a previous relationship with the Japan international, the news that the forward is now set to join Monaco is sure to have left both the American and supporters of the club gutted.

Indeed, during his 22 appearances for Marsch at Red Bull Salzburg, the £10.8m-rated attacker demonstrated just how important he can be within the manager’s starting XI, scoring nine goals and registering 11 assists under the Leeds boss – including two goals and three assists in six Champions League fixtures.

Furthermore, while the 27-year-old was far from a first-team regular during his time at Liverpool, Minamino still managed to return impressive numbers, scoring 14 goals and providing three assists over 53 appearances – averaging a direct goal contribution every 125 minutes of football played.

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As such, with Raphinha looking increasingly likely to move onto pastures new this summer, the Japanese forward would very much have appeared to be something of a perfect replacement for the Brazilian, however, following Romano’s latest update, it would now seem as if Victor Orta will have to turn his attention elsewhere in the summer transfer market.

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