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Takumi Minamino: How Liverpool beat Manchester United to transfer of RB Salzburg star

Liverpool have been in discussions with Red Bull Salzburg over a £7.25million January deal for Takumi Minamino since November, catching their rivals for his signature cold. 

Manchester United were one of the clubs scouting the Japan international as an alternative to Leicester’s James Maddison, while Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach tried to make a late push for the attacking midfielder. The latter’s manager, Marco Rose, had coached Minamino during his spell at Salzburg.

As The Independent has revealed, the strong relationship between Liverpool and the Austrian club gave the European champions a huge advantage in the pursuit of the 24-year-old, whom they are due to announce in the winter window pending a medical and sealing personal terms.

Michael Edwards, sporting director of the Premier League’s pacesetters, was aware of the player’s clause for a lengthy period while United were not. 

He has spent a considerable amount of time working with Salzburg on inspiration for Liverpool’s new £50m training complex and has great rapport with Christoph Freund, his counterpart at the Austrian champions.

While all the headlines and hype has surrounded Erling Haaland, it is Minamino and Hwang Hee-chan that have most interested England’s top sides.

Liverpool have monitored both, watching the former since 2013 but his development over the last two years has really peaked the interest of Jürgen Klopp. 

Minamino, who has netted five goals in the last four World Cup qualifiers and has been luminary for Salzburg in Europe, could easily have fetched over £25m without his release clause. 

The deal will represent another example of Liverpool’s stellar recruitment work in terms of their forward-thinking. Minamino’s cost mirrors the fees Ryan Kent and Rafael Camacho were sold to Rangers and Sporting Lisbon respectively.


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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters given job on permanent basis

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Premier League interim chief executive Richard Masters has been given the job on a permanent basis.

It comes two weeks after media executive David Pemsel resigned before starting the role following newspaper allegations about his private life.

Masters, formerly the organisation's managing director, was the fourth person to be offered the job.

He has been in temporary charge since the departure of Richard Scudamore in November 2018.

Masters' appointment will bring to an end a protracted 18-month search for a new boss of the organisation.

Susanna Dinnage was originally named as Scudamore's successor but later declined the role to remain at media organisation Discovery.

Senior BBC executive Tim Davie also turned down the chance to take up the post.

Masters has impressed club bosses, who voted through his appointment during a conference call on Thursday.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said Masters had "risen to the occasion" since being appointed interim chief.

"The clubs believe that this is the right appointment now in the long-term interests of the Premier League," added Buck.

Masters said: "This is one of the most incredible jobs in the world of sport and I now look forward to leading the league in the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead."

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke said Masters has "ably guided" the Premier League during his interim post and is a "proven leader."

"His knowledge and experience of the Premier League and the English game is invaluable and we look forward to working closely with him in the future," added Clarke.

Analysis

Masters will initially have to overcome being viewed as the Premier League's fourth choice after an embarrassing and shambolic recruitment saga that has lasted 18 months.

But alongside acting chair Claudia Arney, the Aston Villa fan has impressed the clubs while holding the fort over the past year, and has now been rewarded with one of the most powerful and lucrative administrative roles in world sport.

He takes up the reins at a fascinating and challenging time for the league, from controversy over VAR, racism and illegal streaming, to the future of European club competitions and the negotiation of the next all-important domestic live TV rights deal after a dip in value last year.


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D’Antino – It was the perfect night for us

Wednesday night’s victory against London Bees was an unforgettable occasion for Jen Beattie as she made her 100th appearance for the club.

Although her night was cut short due to an injury, we secured our place in the knockout stages of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup after putting nine goals past our opponents.

We spoke to the defender after the match and this is what she said:

on how it feels to make 100 Arsenal appearances…

It’s an honour to do it for such an unbelievable club like Arsenal. To be among so many club legends and incredible names at this club is an incredible feeling.

on reaching the milestone over two spells at the club…
It definitely crept up on me! I hadn’t been thinking about it all. Having come back in the summer I just wanted to enjoy playing football and find my place in the team again, I wasn’t thinking about numbers or appearances or anything like that. The squad is bigger than the individual and I’m so happy to be part of an amazing squad.

on her standout memory at the club…
Making your debut is always a big thing and something you don’t forget. Getting a hat-trick against Barcelona in the Champions League wasn’t too bad either! Lifting my first trophy at senior level was huge for me too. There’s so many amazing memories I’ve got here, but it’s the future I’m looking forward to most.

on going off injured…
Yeah, it wasn’t the way I wanted to mark tonight’s game! I’m not too sure what it is just yet, as it’s probably too soon to tell. But it’s obviously something in my calf. I just felt it suddenly seize up, so hopefully if it is a tear, it’s a very small one.

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Arsene Wenger
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‘To be among so many legends is incredible’

Wednesday night’s victory against London Bees was an unforgettable occasion for Jen Beattie as she made her 100th appearance for the club.

Although her night was cut short due to an injury, we secured our place in the knockout stages of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup after putting nine goals past our opponents.

We spoke to the defender after the match and this is what she said:

on how it feels to make 100 Arsenal appearances…

It’s an honour to do it for such an unbelievable club like Arsenal. To be among so many club legends and incredible names at this club is an incredible feeling.

on reaching the milestone over two spells at the club…
It definitely crept up on me! I hadn’t been thinking about it all. Having come back in the summer I just wanted to enjoy playing football and find my place in the team again, I wasn’t thinking about numbers or appearances or anything like that. The squad is bigger than the individual and I’m so happy to be part of an amazing squad.

on her standout memory at the club…
Making your debut is always a big thing and something you don’t forget. Getting a hat-trick against Barcelona in the Champions League wasn’t too bad either! Lifting my first trophy at senior level was huge for me too. There’s so many amazing memories I’ve got here, but it’s the future I’m looking forward to most.

on going off injured…
Yeah, it wasn’t the way I wanted to mark tonight’s game! I’m not too sure what it is just yet, as it’s probably too soon to tell. But it’s obviously something in my calf. I just felt it suddenly seize up, so hopefully if it is a tear, it’s a very small one.

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Arsene Wenger
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Liverpool: Takumi Minamino of Red Bull Salzburg in Jurgen Klopp’s sights

Minamino impressed in both Champions League group games against Liverpool

Liverpool are planning to make a move for Red Bull Salzburg winger Takumi Minamino in January.

Minamino, who is believed to have a release clause of £7.25m, played in both his side's Champions League group games against the Reds this season.

The Japan international has scored nine goals in 22 appearances for Salzburg this season and provided 11 assists.

Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund confirmed talks