By Craig Scott

28th Jan, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United bid to sign Minamino could be back on as Liverpool hijack Diaz deal

Leeds United may have been handed a lifeline in their bid to sign Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino, according to The Telegraph today [28 January].

The newspaper reports that on Thursday [27 January], Liverpool rejected moves from Leeds and Monaco for the 27-year-old Japan international.

However, it is understood that if Jurgen Klopp manages to sign Luis Diaz from Porto, that could change Liverpool’s stance on Minamino.

The Telegraph claims that the Reds have bid £37.5million for Diaz, hijacking Tottenham’s talks for the Porto winger.


Minamino will add a considerable amount of depth to the Leeds United attack because the Japanese ace can play pretty much anywhere in that area of the pitch.

He’s played 18 times for Liverpool this season, scoring six goals and supplying one assist. According to transfermarkt, he’s played on the left-wing, right-wing as a striker and, most notably, a central attacking midfielder.

Leeds need to add to their midfield and if Minamo can be brought in to sit in behind a striker – or even play the striker role himself – that would be super.

When Liverpool signed Minamo from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2019, Klopp hailed him as a “wonderful signing” on Liverpool’s official website.

We feel as though that sentiment can still be very relevant to Leeds, who really do need a player like Minamino to come in before the deadline passes on Monday.

Of course, we need Liverpool to sign Diaz first but the signs are very good in that regard.

In other Leeds United news, this Elland Road ace has been offered out to leave the club before the end of the month.