It’s no secret that Divock Origi’s time at Liverpool is winding down and that if possible the club would like to sell the 23-year-old Belgian striker in January, with a £20M price-tag set for the talented outcast who has found himself surplus to requirements.
So far, the list of potential suitors has been about what one would expect, a who’s who of English mid-table clubs with plenty of cash on hand and a need for goals: Wolverhampton, Newcastle, and even Everton have all been linked in recent months.
This week, though, reports out of Italy claim that Juventus want Origi. The same Juventus who sit top of the Serie A table and have made a priority of winning the Champions League this season. It’s a big step up from the likes of Wolves and Everton.
So far it’s only the rumour mongers saying it, but multiple Italian outlets claim Juventus are interested in Origi—as backup to Cristiano Ronaldo—and a smattering of reports further claim he’s also being considered as a potential January target by Milan.
Currently, Mario Mandzukic is Juventus’ Ronaldo alternative, but the pair are 32 and 33 years old respectively and after a strong start to the season, Juventus are more determined than ever to make a go at the league and Champions League double.
Origi would provide a younger option to take some of the strain off their aging legs, and could potentially be groomed to play a bigger role at the club next season. Or at least that’s the idea behind the rumour if one is trying to make sense of it.
Given Origi’s struggles for minutes at Anfield and his terrible showing for Wolfsburg last season, though, it all does seem a bit unlikely. Still, if Juventus really are interested and willing to pay, it’s hard to imagine Origi or Liverpool saying no.