Wolves have reservations about Divock Origi, according to reports. It suggests Liverpool face an uphill task to sell the player.
It sounds like Liverpool may struggle to sell Divock Origi to Wolves.
The Express and Star claims that Nuno Espirito Santo ‘has his reservations’ about Origi. That may not completely rule out a move immediately, but it makes things tough.
For one thing, Liverpool want around £20m, according to the Athletic. That’s £20m for a 25-year-old with four goals and one assist over his last 18 months of Premier League football.
That’s a tough sell, unless a team is high on the player.
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What really makes this one extra tough, though, is that it’s hard to see how Origi reverses those reservations. He rarely plays, after all.
It’s one thing if we can hope for a good performance over the next month but we realistically can’t. When will he even get the chance?
14 games into the Premier League season, Origi has seven minutes. There’s little suggestion that he’s going to get a lot more.
In fact, we think he might only have one game left in Red. How would that change Nuno’s mind?
The potential saving grace here is that the Express and Star report also claims that Liverpool are in no hurry to sell Origi.
That suggests they’re okay with waiting until the summer and reassessing things. We can’t help but feel that they’ll face the same problem, though.
Origi rarely plays and doesn’t play well when he gets minutes. Getting £20m – or anything close to that – will be an uphill struggle.
Especially as Origi will be 26 by then.
The best bet may be a loan-to-buy and seeing if Origi can impress enough to command that fee. As things are, it just seems impossible.
Wolves are more likely than any other potential suitor to pay that money. If they have reservations, everyone else certainly will, too.