After news that Rafa Benitez has enquired about the availability of Divock Origi ahead of the January transfer window, the Express & Star claim that Liverpool have set an asking price of ‘upwards of £20m’ for the Belgian striker.
Given Ashley’s reluctance to ever spend north of £14m, we really can’t see him sanctioning a move for Origi – a player who is yet to prove himself in the Premier League despite showing glimpses of what he can do.
Here’s a snippet from the Express & Star, confirming that we’d have to break our transfer record to sign the 23-year-old striker:
“Liverpool are thought to want upwards of £20million for the 6ft 1in striker, who has scored 21 goals in 77 appearances for the Reds.”
They also report that Wolves have enquired about the Belgian international ahead of a potential January bid, but they claim the newly promoted side have been ‘put off’ by Liverpool’s ‘hefty’ asking price and could look to loan him instead.
That’s where we have an issue. We’d have to sign on a permanent deal given we’ve used both of our domestic loan deals (Rondon and Kenedy), but I really can’t see us paying this much.
He’s a talented player and someone with real potential who Rafa could get the best out of, but he’s yet to prove himself in the Premier League – and didn’t set the world alight during his loan spell with Wolfsburg last season either, failing to get into double figures for the season.
I think it’s best to look elsewhere – and I’m sure we will unless Ashley shocks us all and looses his purse strings in January.
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