Liverpool forward deal reaches partial agreement, but new hitch presents a problem
Liverpool forward Divock Origi has reached an agreement to join AC Milan in one aspect of the deal, though another is proving trickier to find common ground, per a report.
Origi, 26, is poised to become a free agent this summer. The Belgian did have a clause written into his contract that would’ve triggered an automatic 12-month extension at Anfield. However, that clause related to number of appearances, and varying reports have suggested it is now impossible to activate.
As such, Origi looks destined for a new challenge beyond the summer. And per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, that is exactly what the player wants.
Romano recently revealed Origi is seeking a “new challenge” and Liverpool won’t stand in his way. The journalist noted the Reds have “no plans” to offer Origi a contract extension.
AC Milan have emerged as the likeliest contender to secure his services. Talks between Origi’s camp and AC Milan chief Paolo Maldini have already taken place. On Tuesday, Romano described Milan as “confident” of wrapping up a deal “soon”.
However, Italian outlet GianlucaDiMarzio has shed new light on the ongoing situation. And while they note one aspect of the deal has been agreed, another is proving trickier to find common ground.
Firstly their report confirms Milan are doing all they can to land Origi this summer.
As such, the club and player have both given the green light to a four-year deal that would see him signed until 2026.
Origi salary issues emerge
However, there is disagreement regarding what salary would be on offer.
They report the first – and only – offer that has been lodged so far was for an annual salary of €3m (£48,000-a-week). Origi is reportedly holding out for €4.5m (£72,000-a-week), though it’s noted a compromise could be reached at €4m (£64,000-a-week).
Regardless, Origi has reportedly given his ‘ok’ to joining Milan. That would suggest he is willing to negotiate to avoid the deal collapsing.
Divock Origi in advanced talks with AC Milan
Divock Origi looks set for Italy switch as AC Milan talks advance
Joining Milan is an attractive prospect at present given they currently top Serie A. Even if they fail to scoop the Italian title, they will still handily qualify for the Champions League next season.
What’s more, finding regular gametime at the San Siro will be an easier prospect than at Anfield.
The arrivals of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz all but ended Origi’s chances of ever becoming a regular on Merseyside.