After news that Rafa Benitez has ‘asked’ about Divock Origi’s availability ahead of the January transfer window, the Liverpool Echo have confirmed that Liverpool will demand a fee ‘in excess’ of £20m for the striker.
You don’t really need me to tell you this, but this would surely rule out any deal for the striker if true.
The Chronicle reported on Thursday morning that Benitez has made enquiries about the Belgian international ahead of the upcoming transfer window – with him set to be sold in January – however it’s fair to say we won’t be going near him at that price.
Here’s what the Liverpool Echo have had to say about him since news of our interest, confirming that they’ll be looking for a fee well in excess of our current transfer record of £17m:
“Liverpool will demand a fee in excess of £20million for striker Divock Origi in January.
“The Reds are prepared to sell the Belgium international, who has failed to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans so far this season.
“Origi has yet to make a matchday squad since his return to the club this summer following a loan spell at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg.
“Liverpool expect Wolves to make another attempt to secure Origi’s services during the winter window. The Premier League new boys were prepared to pay £22million plus add-ons back in July but the 23-year-old frontman wasn’t keen on moving to Molineux.”
Origi is a talented young player who’s being wasted in Liverpool’s reserves at present, however it’s barmy to think a player as unproven as him is now valued at £20m plus.
He may be a decent talent and someone who could give us another decent option up top, but I think it’s far from certain that he’d fire us to safety.
A decent player who could improve under Benitez, although it says a lot that this is what £20m buys you in this day and age.