Liverpool could use Takumi Minamino as bait in a potential exchange deal for Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos, according to reports in Spain.
Minamino was sent out on loan to Southampton last month after failing to make an instant impact at Anfield following his £7million move from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020.
The 26-year-old has made a solid start to life at St Mary’s, powering home a superb goal on his debut win away at Newcastle and also getting on the scoresheet in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly be impressed by what he’s seeing from Minamino on the south coast, where he was sent to gain more regular first-team minutes and rebuild his confidence.
But according to Spanish outlet La Razon, the Premier League champions are planning to use him as makeweight in a potential swap deal for Ocampos.
Liverpool are reportedly exploring the possibility of signing the Sevilla winger this summer, and the Spanish club have been eyeing up a move for Minamino.
A player-plus-cash deal could therefore work in Klopp’s favour at the end of the season if Minamino is deemed surplus to requirements on Merseyside and Ocampos is definitely on his radar.
The latter enjoyed a superb debut campaign with Sevilla after joining from Marseille in 2019, registering 17 goals and five assists in 44 appearances as Julen Lopetegui’s men romped home to Europa League glory.
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He has only proceed a return of seven goals and four assists in 31 games this season, but it is believed Liverpool are keen on prising him away from Spain at the end of the season.
Reports suggest there is a £56million release clause in Ocampos’ Sevilla contract, while Minamino is believed to be valued at around £10million.
Liverpool would therefore have to fork out upwards of £40million if they decided to go ahead with the rumoured player-plus-cash transfer.
Klopp currently has Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota at his disposal in attack, however the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi could be moved on this summer as well as Minamino.
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