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Rumour Mongering: Besiktas Open Origi Negotiations

According to reports in Turkey, Besiktas have made Divock Origi their top striker target this summer.

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After failing to impress at Wolfsburg, it seems likely that wherever Divock Origi ends up next season, it won’t be back at Anfield. The 23-year-old needed a strong showing in Germany to make his case as a potential backup to Roberto Firmino, and he hasn’t done that.

He also, despite some talk of it being a possibility in the autumn, hasn’t done enough to convince Wolfsburg he’s worth keeping around for another season. Which means his future is very much up in the air right now. It might not be for too much longer, though.

That’s because reports in Turkey today claim that Besiktas want to bring Origi in to replace Cenk Tosun, who was sold to Everton in January and who has yet to be replaced. And while it’s not where Origi thought he’d be at this stage, it might be his best option.

And the reports of Besiktas interest in Origi go beyond that club considering him a target—they suggest that the Turkish club have already opened negotiations with Liverpool and spoken to Origi’s agent. If true, he’s not just a potential target—he’s the target.

Origi scored seven goals and three assists in 37 appearances in all competitions last season, good for a goal or assist every 238 minutes he was on the pitch. He has just one season remaining on his Liverpool contract.

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