By Mark Smith

29th Jan, 2022 | 12:00pm

Marcelo Bielsa desperate for creative signing in January, Leeds crank up talks for Takumi Minamino - report

Marcelo Bielsa is “desperate” for Leeds United to add some creativity to their squad before the end of January, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper has reported on their website that talk are really starting to heat up with Liverpool over Takumi Minamino.

It is suggested that the Whites would take the Japanese international on a straight loan deal until the end of the season.

This has emerged out of nowhere.

Everyone knows that RB Salzburg star Brenden Aaronson was the number one target at Elland Road, but talks have stalled over that deal.

With a move possible in the summer, Victor Orta is potentially looking for temporary answers to our problems in the final third.

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Minamino arriving on loan would make perfect sense, with the 27-year-old constantly sitting on the bench at Anfield.


Bielsa must have been pulling his hard out watching the 1-0 defeat against Newcastle last weekend in the Premier League.

Mateusz Klich and Rodrigo were in midfield and tasked with creating danger, but both struggled to consistently cause problems.

Minamino can play through the middle, as well as out wide, and would hand Leeds some much-need senior rotation options.

A loan deal would also mean that the Whites won’t have to fork out huge amounts of money to persuade a fellow Premier League side to release one of their players before Monday evening’s deadline.

Bielsa usually gets what he wants at Elland Road, so we’re expecting Minamino to potentially arrive before the window slams shut, but given he is away with Japan, he won’t be in West Yorkshire.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano shares Elland Road update with double deal possible in final knockings of January