Wolves are unlikely to pursue a move for Divock Origi, according to reports. Liverpool’s demands are simply too high, it seems.
This comes from the Athletic. They believe that Wolves looked at signing Divock Origi this month but opted against it.
Why? Because Liverpool only want a permanent move. Wolves apparently only want a temporary deal.
It’s fairly easy to see why. Their need for a striker this month is because Raul Jimenez is out long-term with an injury. They don’t want to replace the Mexican permanently.
Liverpool find themselves in a similar situation at the back, of course. They want temporary replacements for Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, without replacing either permanently.
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The report claims Wolves have run into the same situation with three players. Origi, Luka Jovic and Josh King are all available – but only with permanent deals.
Wolves won’t look at the Belgian’s output over the last two years and see £20m of value there. Liverpool, though, require a player to sit on their bench.
So we’re not exactly surprised at all this. Selling Origi permanently for £20m will be very difficult.
But the other side of all this is considering how a loan would benefit Liverpool. We can’t see how it would.
Perhaps if there were a young player ready to fill Origi’s spot. But then, it still only works if Liverpool believe Origi could perform well enough to encourage a £20m sale in the summer.
Both would need to be true. Right now, neither are.
So it seems as though Origi will see out the season with Liverpool. Things may change in the summer but we can prepare to see the 25-year-old on the Reds’ bench until June.