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Liverpool has been linked with Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos, who could add the kind of depth in quality that the Reds have lacked during the defense of their Premier League title, but Sevilla have gotten the suggestion that he ask. by Takumi Minamino in the partial exchange if he should be there. a close up.
Injuries and a lack of adequate coverage have seriously affected Liverpool on defense this season, but the loss of Diogo Jota since early December has highlighted a lack of depth in attack to ease the burden on Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri have failed to complete without a notable drop in quality, as did Minamino before his move to Southampton last month, although the Japanese international is already proving to be a success on the south coast.
Ocampos has been something of a traveler since he first moved to Europe from River Plate in 2012, but 2019/20 was possibly the best season of his career after joining Sevilla from Marseille, scoring 17 goals in all competitions. . His goal production is down this season, but the 26-year-old has remained a key player in a strong Sevilla on track to finish in the top four.
With clubs across Europe struggling financially amid the coronavirus pandemic, The reason notes that Sevilla will have to make a big sale in the coming months, with Ocampos and center-back Jules Kounde being the most obvious assets expected to receive offers.
The report expresses doubts as to whether Liverpool would be willing to comply with Ocampos’ 65 million euro (£ 56 million) release clause, which given the Premier League club’s own financial situation seems an accurate assumption in this. stage.
However, it is also said that Sevilla sporting director Monchi, back at the club since 2019, could see it as an opportunity to land Minamino, whom the Spanish value at 10 million euros (8.65 million pounds ). The willingness to sell Minamino, bought for £ 7.25 million in January 2020, could lower any sale price for Ocampos.
Jurgen Klopp suggested earlier this month that Minamino could still have a future at Liverpool when his loan to Southampton ends at the end of the season.
“I would have loved to keep him just to have the options,” Klopp said.
“But Takumi is a long-term project and it always was; we see great potential in him. It makes perfect sense that he has a chance to play maybe 17 Premier League games. [for Southampton] and he comes back with a completely different mindset, a level of confidence and all these kinds of things. “