Liverpool considered a deal that would have sent Divock Origi away in order to sign Sven Botman. In the end, it came to nothing.
This comes from the Mirror. They claim that Liverpool searched far and wide for players and did consider Sven Botman.
The 21-year-old is a very highly-rated defender at Lille and this is far from the first time we’ve seen him linked with Liverpool.
And Liverpool did try to get him, says the Mirror. They even considered a deal involving Divock Origi in order to sign Botman.
There’s a natural link there, of course – Liverpool signed Origi from Lille for £10m back in 2014.
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But it clearly wasn’t a deal that suited both parties.
What RTK has to say
An interesting one, for sure. We wouldn’t have entertained the idea that Liverpool would move on a first-team player in January but then Takumi Minamino joined Southampton.
So there really might be some truth to this one.
As for Botman himself, we’re comfortable with Ozan Kabak for now. They’re both similar ages and were both up for the same role, affectively.
But Kabak is only on loan, of course, meaning Liverpool can head in another direction this summer. Perhaps that would mean revisiting Botman and seeing what Lille want.
That could even mean Origi heading the other way. He’s a player who is struggling for games now and we expect that will look even worse for next season.
In fact, once Diogo Jota returns, we can’t see Origi ever really playing. Perhaps here and there for the last few minutes, much like he had earlier in the season.
So the idea of using him as a makeweight is a sensible one, if Liverpool want to shake their squad up in the summer.