Liverpool continue to be linked with players in the January window, with talks over potential deals for now and the summer ongoing.
Jurgen Klopp has, so far, resisted the temptation to bring in a new defender despite big injuries at the back. Further forward, the Reds are struggling to come to terms on a new deal with Gini Wijnaldum, while the likes of Mo Salah are having their futures questioned.
In terms of incomings, one man who has been linked in recent days is Inter Milan midfielder, Nicolo Barella. Calciomercato claiming this week that both Liverpool and Spurs were keen on the Italian.
And in a strange twist of fate which could help the Reds land Barella, Corriere dello Sport claims today that Divock Origi has been offered to Inter Milan on loan.
So, could Liverpool potentially use Origi as bait to land Barella ahead of Spurs? It’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.
Sweetener and Wijnaldum replacement
The increased worry over Gini Wijnaldum means Jurgen Klopp needs to have someone in mind to replace the Dutchman. Barella, then, could be that man, given his position and age.
Already with 18 caps for Italy, Barella has become a mainstay of the Inter Milan side doing well in Serie A too. And with Origi said to be of interest to Antonio Conte’s side, the Reds could well look to formulate a swap deal of sorts here.
Of course, Barella will probably command a bigger fee than Origi, whose reported £50k-a-week wages would be no issue for Inter. But that doesn’t mean Liverpool couldn’t get some money knocked off for the Italian by offering Origi, who is still under contract under 2024.
The Reds would be killing two birds with one stone with any deal, too. They get a striker off the books on good money whose contributing little, and solve the issue of Wijnaldum potentially leaving.