Liverpool striker Divock Origi has been offered to Inter as an option to bolster their attacking ranks, according to a report.
The Belgium international had some standout moments for the Reds. However, he was never a regular starter amid Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the team.
Origi seems to have been content with his role as a man to play with important goals from the bench. As he entered the final year of his contract, speculation over his future grew.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admitted in September that he didn’t expect the striker to still be at Liverpool after the summer transfer window.
Origi has a performance option in his deal that could trigger a one-year extension. Nevertheless, at the moment there is more talk about his departure from Anfield.
Newcastle would have an interest as they look to bolster their attacking ranks following Callum Wilson’s injury.
According to News FC Inter, however, Inter were also offered the chance to sign Origi. The Serie A club are looking to bolster their attacking ranks with a new addition.
Instead, they look to the summer window to do so. Indeed, they already had the pair of Sassuolo Gianluca Scamacca and Giacamo Raspadori on their radar. Nevertheless, Origi is an option that has emerged for this month.
News FC Inter adds that the 26-year-old has decided he wants to leave Liverpool. Moreover, he would “aspire” to wear the colors of Inter. Turin’s Andrea Belotti is also now on Inter’s radar.
But the report so far says no negotiations have taken place over a deal for Origi or Belotti.
Klopp said recently d’Origi, who is currently out through injury: “Div is not available. Div hasn’t trained, Div is still injured and still recovering.
“So he can’t help us right now but I don’t see any type of scenario – pretty much anything can happen in life – but from this point on I would say he will be there. [beyond the end of the January transfer window].
“And hopefully he’ll be fit soon because we could actually use him very well now.”
Origi backed for AC Milan move
While Origi could still join Inter, a pundit says rivals AC Milan will benefit from signing the striker.
Demetrio Albertini said: “Milan have to look to attackers who are kept on the bench or even in the stands and don’t have a lot of space at their current clubs, like Origi at Liverpool.
“He would score a lot of goals in Serie A. You win a Scudetto through hitmen, and that’s a midfielder saying that.”
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Origi will have a key role when he returns from action soon. Indeed, Salah and Mane are at the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving a hole to fill in Klopp’s attack.
The manager confirmed in his last press conference that the player has returned to light training.