Liverpool could cover the reported fee for Renato Sanches by selling Divock Origi. They might have to give up a potential swap deal, however.
Divock Origi and Renato Sanches could become the defining players in Liverpool’s January transfer window. If we believe reports, of course.
In a completely separate deal, the Telegraph believe Schalke expect Liverpool to move for Ozan Kabak but they’d want Origi in a deal.
Perhaps, though, Liverpool have this the wrong way around.
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We’re not sure Kabak is the answer, for one. Liverpool are short at the back, yes, but Kabak isn’t having a good season.
Rhys Williams looks very good, though, and could potentially carry Liverpool through a difficult period. Nat Phillips is there, too, who we like.
So instead of using Origi to secure Kabak, why not use him to secure Sanches? He’s a very exciting talent and could replace Gini Wijnaldum.
Now, we’re not expecting Lille want Origi back (although, there is an interesting link there).
What we do have, though, is the Athletic claiming that Liverpool would expect around £20m if they sold the Belgian. Wolves have interest there, apparently.
That all adds up rather nicely. Origi is not a player Liverpool need and a sale effortlessly covers the reported Sanches fee.
All of these reports need to be correct, of course, and who really knows if they are? But everything does add up – there are no glaring issues with any of it.
So as long as Liverpool do want Sanches and there is interest in Origi, the Reds could create a simple one in, one out scenario.
We think it would make the squad stronger, swapping one struggling talent for a risk with very bright potential.