Report shares Liverpool stance on loan for Takumi Minamino next season
Liverpool have no intention of letting Takumi Minamino leave on loan for a second time this summer, according to a report from the Liverpool Echo.
Minamino will return for pre-season with the Reds with a point to prove. The Japan international spent the second-half of this past campaign on loan at Southampton.
He scored a superb goal on his Saints debut. However, he struggled to make a significant impact while on the south coast.
Nevertheless, Southampton were not put off. It was recently claimed that they had made an enquiry about a fresh deal.
It was not clear whether they were eyeing a loan or permanent move. But Ralph Hasenhuttl has since confirmed their interest.
However, it appears that their hopes may have been dealt a big blow.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool have no interest in loaning him out again.
In fact, Jurgen Klopp wants to take a look at the 26-year-old in pre-season.
It may not be that a move is out of the question altogether. The report notes that Premier League and Bundesliga clubs would be interested in a permanent move.
But the Reds are apparently confident that they could now make a big profit on the £7.25 million they paid.
Southampton hopes surely dashed with Liverpool not interested in loan move for Minamino
The Saints do not tend to be amongst the Premier League’s biggest spenders. So Liverpool’s stance could be a real disappointment.
It seems that the Reds would need a big offer to consider selling Minamino – who earns £75,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – permanently.
Hasenhuttl’s men are surely unlikely to produce that big offer. They would perhaps have to sell one of their key players first.
Of course, much can change before the deadline passes. Minamino was hardly being talked about as a potential mover in January.
That may give Southampton some hope, at least.
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