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Liverpool: Paul Joyce gives Anfield transfer update

Liverpool have already had a busy summer transfer window so far, with two signings already confirmed alongside the seemingly imminent departure of Sadio Mane, and a reliable source has now offered a further update on the club’s latest transfer developments.

What’s the latest?

The Times’ northern football correspondent and renowned Liverpool source Paul Joyce has given an update on the progression of the Senegal star’s proposed move to Bayern Munich and Takumi Minamino’s future at the club.

In an article for The Times, the reporter confirmed that the Reds have now agreed to sell Mane to the Bundesliga champions this summer for a fee of £27.5m, which could rise to £35.1m.

The journalist further claimed that Minamino is also expected to depart this summer.

Supporters will be gutted

There is no doubt that Liverpool supporters will be absolutely gutted to lose Mane this summer after six glorious years at the club since he joined in 2016.

The 30-year-old has scored 120 goals and contributed 48 assists for the Reds, helping them to their first Premier League and Club World Cup titles, their sixth European Cup and, this season, the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

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On an individual level, the goal machine jointly won the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2018/19 season and was named Player of the Tournament for his efforts in Senegal’s first African Cup of Nations triumph earlier this year.

It’s safe to say that Liverpool could struggle to replace the winger’s output and work ethic in the team, but they have already begun their revolution for the next generation of the front three by securing the signing of Darwin Nunez earlier this week.

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In terms of Minamino, the Japanese forward has been a dedicated servant at Anfield. In fact, he was the highest scorer in both Liverpool’s FA Cup and Carabao Cup triumphs last season.

The 27-year-old has scored 14 goals and contributed three assists in his 55 Reds appearances since joining midway through the 2019/20 season, with one goal contribution for every 132 minutes played.

Minamino’s efforts in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Premier League this season, scoring 10 goals in total, have seen him attract attention from a number of Premier League clubs. Leeds United, Wolves and his former loan club Southampton are all reportedly interested in snapping him up this summer.

It will be interesting to see how Liverpool might have to cope without two of their most effective forwards next season, and there will be a lot of responsibility on Nunez to deliver to the high standards that the departing pair have held, especially if the Reds do not make another signing for the forward line this summer.

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