Soccer: Liverpool's Minamino reportedly on move to Monaco

French Ligue 1 side Monaco have agreed to a deal with Liverpool to sign Japan attacker Takumi Minamino, British media outlets reported late Tuesday.

The transfer is worth 18 million euros ($19 million), according to Sky Sports, and will likely give Minamino more regular playing time ahead of the World Cup later this year.

The 27-year-old was mostly a peripheral figure with the English Premier League giants after joining from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg at the start of 2020.

Liverpool loaned the former Cerezo Osaka player to Southampton for the second half of the 2020-21 season.

He played 55 games for Liverpool and scored 14 goals across all competitions, netting most recently in the penultimate round of the past season to help prolong the Reds' title battle with eventual champions Manchester City.

Monaco finished third in the French top flight in 2021-22 and will play in the Champions League next season.

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