Liverpool Striker Set For Dortmund Move


Divock Origi will be leaving Liverpool this summer if Borussia Dortmund match the Reds valuation of the young Belgian striker, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The Merseyside club is determined to claim £27m as a fee for the 23-year-old who spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg.

New Dortmund coach Lucien Favre is scouring Europe for young players to add to his squad after being left disappointed by Michy Batshuyai’s decision to move to Valencia on loan for the 2018-19 season.

Liverpool put the €30m price tag on Origi last month, but have yet to receive an offer from any club since turning down Wolves bid of £22m plus bonuses. There is no rush on Merseyside to sell with Jurgen Klopp pointing to the club’s financial strength as a good reason for them not sell cheaply.

Valencia were interested in the striker but with Batshuyai on board, head coach Marcelino is in no rush to commit a large portion of his transfer budget to a relatively unproven striker. Despite glowing reports from Wolfsburg, the statistics still point to Origi being a risky signing. Six goals in 34 appearances took his career total to 45 goals in 210 games.

At Anfield where the majority of his matches have been as a substitute, he managed 21 goals in 76 appearances before heading to the Bundesliga on loan.

With two years remaining on his contract, this is Liverpool’s last chance to sell him at a big price. Next summer, they will be lucky to recoup the £10m fee they paid for him.