Michael Edwards has set himself £20m Champions League winner transfer task and only he could achieve it

Michael Edwards has made a name for himself by selling the likes of Dominic Solanke and yet selling Divock Origi for major cash will be his biggest accomplishment yet.

While I have seen some suggestions from frustrated supporters that Origi is taking advantage of the club by staying purely for the wage he’s earning, I think that’s unfair.

He signed a contract with the club and he’s entitled to his wage just as much as Liverpool are entitled to say no to players like Philippe Coutinho asking to leave for less than the club values them for.

That’s why contracts exist – to protect each party’s best interests but the time has come for Liverpool Football Club and Divock Origi to part ways after an incredible journey.

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates with his medal after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates with his medal after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Part of the issue is that Liverpool value him at £20m and he’s on wages higher than buying clubs are keen on paying.

For a striker that scored just once last season, it’s on Liverpool if they fail to move the Belgian on.

While they might feel he has a lot more to offer than has been on show, buying clubs don’t act purely on potential especially when moving for a 26-year-old.

Michael Edwards secured a £19million fee for Dom Solanke before earning £23.5million from Rhian Brewster’s sale.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Rhian Brewster of Sheffield United reacts during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Bramall Lane on April 24, 2021 in Sheffield, England.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Rhian Brewster of Sheffield United reacts during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Bramall Lane on April 24, 2021 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

While those deals were fantastic at the time, Edwards may now find himself in a position where interested clubs are using them as a bargaining chip to argue that Liverpool strikers don’t always fare well away from Anfield.

It would be a fair point and with the Mirror saying that Wolves and Napoli are keen on the striker, it will be interesting to see how talks progress.

While Wolves might be tempted to gamble on Origi, given Michael Edwards history of securing seemingly impossibly high transfer fees for deadwood, only he could sell the Belgian for £20m.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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