RB Salzburg have confirmed they are in talks with Liverpool over Takumi Minamino’s possible transfer to the Reds.

The 24-years-old Japanese winger has a release clause of  £7.25million but it doesn’t stop Liverpool from targeting him for the January transfer window.

Salzburg’s director of football, Christoph Freund, has responded to the transfer speculation by confirming that the two clubs have met over Minamino.

 “I can confirm that there are currently discussions with Liverpool.” Freund said.

“It is an honor which clubs are interested in our players.”

Freund also appeared to encourage other big clubs to go for Minamino in his earlier comments.

“He is an outstanding player with an outstanding personality.” He told Independent.

“The big clubs have been watching him and if I was them, I’d have no hesitation to sign him.

“Takumi is ready to make the next step in January.”

Minamino scored at Anfield in October during the Reds’ thrilling 4-3 win as well as scoring nine times in 22 appearances this term including Tuesday match in which Liverpool booked a spot in the last 16 in Champions League 2-0 victory. Jurgen Klopp is interested in signing him.

According to Liverpool Echo, Manchester United is also interested in Minamino along with some Bundesliga and Serie A clubs. But Liverpool have taken an upper hand and are ready to offset the Japanese release clause in January.