Liverpool are reportedly still holding out for £27m for Divock Origi, with Borussia Dortmund now linked with a possible move for the Belgian forward.
The 23-year-old arrived at Liverpool in 2014, but despite featuring prominently in his first two seasons with the Merseyside giants, he was shipped out on loan to Wolfsburg last year.
He managed to score just six goals in 34 games in Germany, but that poor return seemingly isn’t enough to put Dortmund off with The Sun claiming that they’ve set their sights on Origi, but it remains to be seen if Liverpool’s £27m valuation is met.
Given the fact that he faces a fight to displace the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to get into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, it looks pretty bleak for the Belgian international in terms of playing regularly if he stays.
Coupled with the addition of Xherdan Shaqiri this summer and the resurgence of Daniel Sturridge, it’s difficult to see him playing any kind of crucial role this season and so even another loan exit would perhaps make sense if Liverpool wish to keep him long-term.
It may come down to that as if the report is accurate and Liverpool are still demanding £27m for Origi, given he hasn’t really yet proven that he can score goals consistently at the highest level, it’s difficult to see any top side willing to take that gamble and splash out a sizeable fee.
Nevertheless, time will tell if Dortmund do have that level of faith in him, with the transfer deadline now fast approaching to put pressure on the concerned parties to reach an agreement.