By Pranav Shahaney

28th Jan, 2022 | 9:10pm

Leeds United in perfect position to sign Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino

Leeds United could be in a perfect position to secure Liverpool attacker Takumini Minamino’s services before the window slams shut.

According to Sky Sports News, the Whites made an approach for the Japanese international and it was rejected.

However, reports emerged shortly after that Liverpool were closing in on securing FC Porto attacker Luis Diaz’s services. [Neil Jones ]

The Colombia international plays in the same position as Minamino, who has barely featured in the last six months for the Merseyside giants.

90Min’s Graeme Bailey then reported that Diaz’s arrival could see Liverpool make a u-turn on Minamino, despite rejecting an earlier approach.

He wrote, via his personal Twitter account, “The arrival of Diaz could see Liverpool allow departures with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino both the subject of offers this month…busy end to the window for Jurgen Klopp.”

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This would come as welcome news for Leeds as their quest to sign the 27-year-old is well and truly on again.

From what reports have been claiming, there is not understood to be a queue of clubs lining up for his services, with just Monaco being the other interested party.

This means that if they match whatever Liverpool are asking, he could be on his way to Elland Road.

According to The Athletic, he’s valued at £20 million – which is precisely how much they were shelling out for Brenden Aaronson.

While a move for him looks to be on hold, at least until the summer, they’re in a good place to sign Minamino before transfer deadline day.

He’s shown during his time at RB Salzburg that he can terrify some of the best teams in Europe with his direct running and impressive skillset.

He would complement Raphinha extremely well on the other wing and the two could wreak havoc in Marcelo Bielsa’s fluid system.

In other Leeds United news, the club have been told to table a ‘Considerable’ bid to sign a pacey Champions League forward after they made an initial approach