Liverpool round-up: Striker could depart this week; race for Oxlade-Chamberlain heats up; £30 million defender bid
Liverpool may allow striker Divock Origi to leave the club in the next week, according to The Telegraph, after the Belgian was left out of the squad entirely to face Hoffenheim on Wednesday with Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke preferred on the bench. Origi has played just nine minutes this season.
The Belgian has often struggled for form since moving to Anfield, going through purple patches of superb form and then prolonged goal droughts, and Klopp’s patience may have run out. He could still be an attractive proposition to many Premier League and European sides and fetch a handsome fee.
If sold, he money from that deal could be put towards a move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the Mirror say that Liverpool have moved into pole position to sign the Arsenal man ahead of Chelsea. The England international has just 12 months to run on his contract and Arsenal may be forced to cash in before the window shuts on Thursday.
It seems unlikely that Oxlade-Chamberlain will feature for the Gunners at Anfield on Sunday when the two sides come head to head in the Premier League. The deal is also dependent upon Arsenal not forcing their man to see out what remains of his contract.
Funds could also come from the sale of Mamadou Sakho as The Telegraph claim that West Brom are preparing a £30 million bid for the Frenchman. They see the former Paris Saint Germain defender as a potential replacement for Manchester City target Jonny Evans.
However, they aren’t the only interested party as the Independent say that Crystal Palace remain interested in their former loanee. That could mean that his destination will come down to whoever is willing to pay the £30 million asking price set by the Reds as they seek a quick sale before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday.
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