Report: Liverpool to fund new attacker with double sale; £17m asking-price for one
Liverpool are looking to sell both Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi this summer in the hope they can bring in a new attacker to the club.
The Reds pair have been down the pecking order at Anfield in the last 12 months. Both are being tipped to move on this summer, as Liverpool try to help Jurgen Klopp reshape his squad.
Origi has often struggled for minutes but will leave Anfield a hero after his exploits in winning the Champions League a few seasons back. Shaqiri, meanwhile, has never quite managed to disrupt the usual front three of Firmino, Salah, and Mane.
And according to Fabrizio Romano on the Here We Go Podcast this week, the duo will be sold to free up funds for another incoming.
“They are working to sell players. So, the priority also to bring in a new attacking player is to sell an attacking player and Shaqiri will be one of them. Because he has some proposals from Italy. So Shaqiri will be out of Liverpool in some weeks if the right proposal will arrive,” Romano said.
“It’s the same for Origi. They want more than €20million (£17.1million) for Origi so we’ll see if someone will make this proposal.”
One of those potential signings could be Sassuolo winger Domenico Berardi.
As covered by TBR today, the Italian is said to be on the Reds’ radar and could cost up to £43m.
Shaqiri and Origi both need to leave Liverpool now, regardless of history
That applies mainly for Origi. He seems to have clung onto the coat tails of his Champions League success. Since then, he’s arguably got worse.
A move for him, then, would offer Origi the chance to rebuild his career a tad. The striker does have talent, but he needs a settled home and regular football.
For Shaqiri, he’ll have no issue finding a new club. He’s well-respected across Europe and often turns up in tournaments. As Romano says, a move to Italy is a likely outcome for the Swiss ace.
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