Liverpool hope to sell two forwards in order to fund their priority this summer, according to reports. There will be change up top at Anfield next season.
This comes from Fabrizio Romano on his ‘Here We Go’ podcast. He claims Liverpool have two forwards they’re ready to sell for funds.
It’s no great surprise who those forwards are, of course – Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi. Liverpool are prepared to move both on over the next few weeks.
“They are working to sell players,” said Romano. “So, the priority also to bring in a new attacking player is to sell an attacking player and Shaqiri will be one of them.
“Because he has some proposals from Italy. So Shaqiri will be out of Liverpool in some weeks if the right proposal will arrive.
“It’s the same for Origi. They want more than €20m [£17m] for Origi so we’ll see if someone will make this proposal.”
Liverpool to sell forwards
The real ‘news’ here is that Liverpool are still prioritising a forward this summer. It would be very easy to look at midfielders, after all, given Gini Wijnaldum will leave.
And if Liverpool do want to boost their attack, there’s no better way to fund it than selling the players they wish to replace. Both Origi and Shaqiri will be a little surplus to requirements if the club gets its wish.
But we don’t imagine Liverpool will sign to replace both Origi and Shaqiri. Harvey Elliott waits in the wings as an option on the right flank, surely taking the Swiss’s role.
These funds should all go towards replacing Origi, then. That suggests a more traditional centre-forward arriving, given the Belgian is the only player of that type in the squad.
And if Liverpool truly can get hold of £17m for Origi, they might be able to fund quite a decent signing there.