By Azeem Siddiqui

24th May, 2022 | 8:00pm

Rory Smith tips Leeds United to make move for Liverpool ace Takumi Minamino

New York Times reporter Rory Smith suggested that Leeds United could make a move for Liverpool midfielder Takumi Minamino in the summer transfer window.

The Whites managed to keep their spot in the Premier League after beating Brentford on the final day of the campaign.

While speaking on BBC’s Monday Night Club, Smith said that the club might make a move for Minamino despite the fact that they are also likely to complete the signing of Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson.

“There will be a lot of change at Leeds,” he said.

“They might already have a deal in place for Aaronson.

“Wouldn’t surprise me if they tried to sign Minamino from Liverpool, a player Jesse Marsch worked with at Red Bull Salzburg.”

Move makes sense

Despite very limited opportunities to showcase his talent in England, Minamino has six goals in 40 Premier League appearances which include 10 matches for Southampton on loan in 2021.

Apart from Leeds, Serie A clubs Inter Milan and Lazio are the other clubs interested in roping in the 27-year-old.

With limited game time available with the Reds, Minamino would be better off making a move away from Anfield.

A move to Leeds would also see Minamino reunite with his coach during the days at Red Bull Salzburg Marsch.

It has been widely reported that the duo still exchange text messages on a regular basis which shows their good relationship.

Minamino is an intelligent footballer who is good on the ball and consistent playing time will only make him a better player.

The Japan international joined the Reds from Austrian club RB Salzburg in a deal worth £7.65 million in the summer of 2022.

In other Leeds United news, this player is set to undergo a medical “soon” with the Whites.