TalkSPORT reporter Alex Crook has claimed Southampton are not prioritizing the signing of Liverpool star Takumi Minamino this summer.
Minamino, 27, appears to be surplus to requirements at Anfield, having found playing time hard to come by since joining from RB Salzburg in 2021 for £7.65million.
During his time with the Reds, he made 55 appearances, scoring 14 goals and providing three assists.
Southampton have been linked with a move for the Japan international having previously loaned out the attacking midfielder during the 2020/2021 season.
Football Insider reports that the Saints sit alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and AS Monaco in their interest in the Liverpool star.
But Crook doesn’t think Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side are eager to bring the 27-year-old to St Mary’s.
He told GiveMeSPORT:
“I think they [Leeds] seem more likely than Southampton. He did a decent job when he was there on loan but not someone I understand they are looking to bring back this summer. Their priorities are elsewhere.
During his time at Southampton, Minamino only made 10 appearances, scoring two goals.
Saints have been linked with a reunion with former midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who plays with Minamino at Liverpool.
Journalist Pete O’Rourke claims the Saints could be interested in bringing the England midfielder back to the club.
He told GiveMeSport:
His time at Anfield was cut short by injuries at key times when he seemed to be establishing himself alongside Jurgen Klopp. But he remains a top player. Maybe teams like Southampton, his former club, could be interested in him, and I’m sure there could even be interest overseas as he still has a good CV.
Wolverhampton Wanderers favorites to sign Liverpool star Takumi Minamino this summer
Wolves are currently favorites to sign Takumi Minamino this summer with Bruno Lage looking to refresh his attacking options (per FootballInsider).
Molineaux’s side had a respectable season, finishing 10th, but fell apart at the end of the campaign.
Only Burnley and Watford finished with fewer goals scored during the season, which is a worrying statistic for Lage’s side.
Defensively, Wolves were assured, with the reliable Max Kilman and a consistent Conor Coady in the backline.
But in attack, there was still plenty to admire from Lage’s forwards.
However, they had to deal with Pedro Neto’s injury which sidelined him for most of the campaign.