Juventus are strongly considering a transfer for Liverpool forward Divock Origi, according to reports. The Reds might just sell.
This comes from Gazzetta Dello Sport. They say that Juventus have made contact over a potential move for Divock Origi. The Belgian is now in the middle of a complex situation.
Juventus may not keep Alvaro Morata permanently, it seems. The Spaniard is currently on loan from Atletico Madrid but could be off shortly as the Old Lady won’t use their option to buy.
Now, Barcelona want Morata and have reportedly agreed on terms. They need Juventus’s approval to end the loan deal early, however, as well as Atletico’s agreement for a transfer.
Juventus will only agree if they can sign a replacement, though – so that’s where Origi comes in, right? No, not quite. Origi would actually be their man if Morata stays, primarily because they don’t see him as an out-and-out striker. He could complement the squad as it is, it seems.
So, to wrap up, if Juventus find a new star striker, they’ll let Morata join Barcelona and that’s that. If they can’t, they’ll keep Morata and try to add Origi to their ranks for the rest of the season.
Divock Origi to leave Liverpool?
What a strange situation. We’re not entirely sure it benefits Liverpool to let Origi leave next month, however, unless Juventus come up with one hell of a fee. After all, the Belgian is a very underrated player and appears content with his limited role.
We can’t imagine Liverpool sign anyone better for that role. Any new signing would surely command more game time and we’re not sure the squad would work with that.
The other negative here is the Africa Cup of Nations. Both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will disappear in January, leaving Liverpool short. Origi – if he stays fit – will be needed to cover them.
But there’s little doubt that a move to Juventus would be a magnificent one for Origi. He’d move to a giant club who can offer him more minutes, while their scepticism on Morata suggests there’s an opportunity to establish himself.
One to watch, then. Origi would be landing on his feet, certainly, but again – it would take a very tempting fee to get Liverpool to sell right now.