While AC Milan are interested in signing Divock Origi, Fenerbache appear to be doing their utmost to sign the Belgian upon the expiry of his Liverpool deal.
The 26-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is set to leave the club as things stand and although he might not feature regularly for Liverpool, he’s a very good player.
Despite playing just 553 minutes in all competitions, Origi has 5 goals and 3 assists and injury has played a factor this season, with ‘muscular problems’ causing him to sit on the sidelines for 13 games.
He’s fully fit now but has to contend with the strongest attacking depth the club has had under Jurgen Klopp. His game time has been restricted further since the arrival of Luis Diaz.
According to Takvim, he’s a target for Turkish giants Fenerbache where he could join former Real Madrid and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil which would be an interesting combination.
The forward’s contract “will not be renewed” with Takvim adding that “the Belgian striker will be transferred to Europe” although I’d love to see him remain in the Premier League.
It would be fascinating to see him playing for a side like Southampton or even Newcastle United, who will be certain to be bolstering their attacking ranks in the summer now that it looks as though they will remain in the Premier League.
Origi making the move to Fenerbache was “recommended” during a trip that the club’s president, Ali Koç, took to England which led to “several meetings” between the Turkish outfit and the Liverpool icon’s agents.
Reportedly, a three-year contract was discussed but this is shorter than the deal offered to him by AC Milan as the Serie A league leaders lead the chase for his signature.
Liverpool fans are a very welcoming and loving bunch but Origi has found a special place in our hearts despite not playing much football in the last several years.
His unreal knack for finding the back of the net when nobody else could in the biggest games in the most dramatic moments has seen his status elevated from being an ordinary backup striker to being an iconic figure in Liverpool folklore.
Without his contributions against Barcelona, especially that quickly taken corner, Liverpool would likely still have five European Cups instead of six while his penchant for scoring late Premier League winners certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed either.
The Reds travel to the Etihad on Sunday to face Manchester City in what is an early Premier League title decider but without Origi’s 94th-minute winner at the Molineux to put Wolves to the sword, Liverpool would be further off the pace than they are.
As it is, Jurgen Klopp’s Mentality Monsters are 1 point behind Pep Guardiola’s men and are in terrific form and have conceded just twice in their last 8 Premier League games.
They will need that defensive form to beat the champions and hopefully, Origi won’t be needed from the bench to score a decisive winner.