By George Overhill

22nd Jun, 2022 | 5:40pm

Liverpool agree fee with Monaco for Leeds United target Takumi Minamino

Leeds United could be set to miss out on transfer target Takumi Minamino after Liverpool agreed a fee with Monaco, 90min reports.

The Whites have been linked with the Japanese attacker since the January transfer window, and he was told he could leave Anfield this month after struggling for opportunities [The Athletic].

Interest from the Reds in Whites star Raphinha had raised the prospect of the former Red Bull Salzburg player being involved in a swap deal [Mirror].

But the latest news suggests he is headed to Ligue 1 after the principality-based outfit agreed a €15million up front fee with a further €3million in potential add ons.

Both the Whites and Fulham are reported to have made approaches for 27-year-old but if they still harbour hopes of landing him they will be playing catch-up now with Monaco “closing in on a deal”.

Out of reach?

Less that two weeks ago on 9 June Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano suggested in his Caught Offside column that a move was still likely as the Whites had been “following him for months” and looked a “more likely bet” than others.

But it seems the official proposal that they were waiting for at Anfield hasn’t arrived and the French side have jumped in front.

For such a modest fee it has to be assumed that the club have decided he doesn’t fit into what they want to do under Jesse Marsch, or that the signing of Brenden Aaronson in late May has changed their priorities.

The American is primarily a central operator while the Japan international is more often played off the left.

It could be that the ongoing uncertainty over where star winger Raphinha will be playing his football come August has caused the club to hesitate.

If that is the reason and the Brazilian does end up moving in the coming weeks it would be a blow to have missed out on Minamino for a reasonable price.

Leeds United have been very proactive in the market so far this summer, but it appears that has not extended to a meaningful run at Minamino, and barring a late surge he will now move elsewhere.