Transfer latest: Minamino poised to join Monaco, Pope heading to Newcastle
Takumi Minamino is poised to leave Liverpool for Monaco after the clubs agreed a fee of €15m (£12.9m) plus up to €3m in add-ons for the Japan forward.
Minamino has accepted personal terms on a five-year deal and provided he passes a medical his Liverpool stay will end after two and a half years.
The 27-year-old, signed from Red Bull Salzburg for £7.25m, has been unable to hold down a place and spent four months of the 2020-21 season on loan at Southampton. Minamino has played 53 times for Liverpool and scored 14 goals.
His departure would continue a summer of change in Jürgen Klopp’s attacking options. Sadio Mané has left for Bayern Munich, Divock Origi has gone and is in line to join Milan and Darwin Núñez has been bought from Benfica for a fee rising to £85m. Another attacking player, Fábio Carvalho, has signed from Fulham.
Newcastle have secured a deal to buy the goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley, with an announcement due once the paperwork has been completed. A move for the 30-year-old was anticipated after Burnley’s relegation.
The England international was a key target for Eddie Howe and should become the manager’s second summer signing after Matt Targett’s loan from Aston Villa was turned into a permanent deal for £15m.
Newcastle are also working to bring in the striker Hugo Ekitike from Reims. A fee of €30m plus up to €5m in add-ons has been agreed by the clubs but delays relating to the player’s agent need to be resolved.
Manchester United are in talks with Watford to sign Daniel Bachmann as a backup goalkeeper. Watford will consider only a permanent deal for the Austria international as United plan for Dean Henderson to join Nottingham Forest.
The 18-year-old Derby forward Malcolm Ebiowei, who was of interest to United, has agreed to join Crystal Palace on a contract to 2027.
Borussia Dortmund have negotiated a €35m deal to buy Sébastien Haller from Ajax. The former West Ham striker is due to have a medical.