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Arne Slot already told Liverpool why Yankuba Minteh needs 'special treatment' amid transfer links

Arne Slot speaks to Yankuba Minteh on the sidelines during their time at Feyenoord
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It’s no surprise to see Liverpool being linked with a number of Arne Slot’s former charges. With the Premier League’s transfer window just a matter of days away from opening, plenty of names familiar to the Dutchman have been touted for a move to Anfield.

The latest is Yankuba Minteh, although the 19-year-old isn’t actually a Feyenoord player despite starring in Rotterdam last season. He is instead contracted to Newcastle, which you might expect would complicate matters somewhat.

According to The Telegraph though, Newcastle might have to cash in on Minteh amid Financial Fair Play concerns, potentially leaving the door open for Liverpool. Although we’re still at the rumor stage ahead of the window opening, it is a signing that Slot would likely be keen on.

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The new Liverpool boss is a big fan of the Gambia international, although he knows Minteh is far from the finished article. The teenager was criticized for his crossing at times during his spell with Feyenoord, something which Slot was keen to work on.

Speaking on YouTube show Bij Andy back in January, Slot said: “That’s right, but I think that is also the reason why Newcastle United loaned him to us. They, just like us, see a lot of talent in him. But he’s not ‘finished’ yet.

“That is the place we currently occupy in the football pyramid. If he had such an overview of the ball to give every cross, he would have stayed at Newcastle.”

It’s not just on the pitch where Slot feels Minteh needs some work. The Dutchman admitted in March that the winger also needs ‘special treatment’ off the field.

“To determine whether he has really improved, I think we should take a longer period,” Slot said (via 1908.nl).

“When it comes to Yankuba… One player is just paying attention during a match review and with the other, after a minute and a half you no longer have the feeling that he is picking up very much.

“I won’t say which group Yankuba belongs to, but it is true that after the discussion he is often taken aside to discuss exactly what he has gained from it.

“In order to get him better, we have to keep him, because I think there is still a lot of room for him, he has only been a professional for the second year.”

Liverpool.com says: Assuming Liverpool can keep hold of Mohamed Salah this summer, Minteh surely come in as a backup to the Egyptian, rather than as a ready-made replacement. By the sounds of it, the 19-year-old still needs a lot of work on his game, but having Slot leading him again would surely be of benefit to him.