Report: Liverpool eye £5m profit to sell 26-year-old, Newcastle and Villa wanted him in January
According to The Athletic, Liverpool are looking to raise more than £60million through summer sales including that of Divock Origi.
The Reds have marked Origi, plus Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri as players they will look to offload. Southampton also want Takumi Minamino, but Jurgen Klopp intends to include the Japan international in his pre-season plans.
Origi had a raft of interest in January when Liverpool were prepared to sanction a loan, per Corriere dello Sport. A host of Premier League clubs, including Newcastle and Aston Villa, plus Inter Milan and Schalke contacted his agent to discuss moves for the Belgian.
The Reds now intend to cash-in on Origi, and value the 26-year-old at around £15million. Belgium boss Roberto Martinez dented any hopes at Anfield of the striker increasing his stock at Euro 2020 by leaving him out of his 26-man squad.
Origi has one year remaining on his £60,000-per-week contract, which features a performance-related option to extend. Selling him for £15m would see Liverpool make just £5m in profit on their 2014 signing (BBC) from Lille.
TBR’s view: Origi must leave Liverpool
It remains to be seen what sort of market Origi can attract this summer, but Liverpool must sell the Belgian. He severely struggled to gain a role in Klopp’s plans last term with just 17 appearances in all competitions, of which the 29-cap forward only started six.
Origi scored his only goal of the season against League One side Lincoln City in September, as well. Having rounded out the scoring in the final minute of a 7-2 EFL Cup rout at the LNER Stadium.
Klopp knows he can live without the striker, with Origi playing just 29 minutes in the Premier League since January. Liverpool now need to find a suitor willing to pay their asking price, to avoid his stock falling any lower.