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Paper Talk: Liverpool ready to sanction star’s shock sale to Serie A

Liverpool's forward Divock Origi celebrates with team-mates his goal during the UEFA Champions League soccer match AC Milan vs Liverpool FC at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan,

Liverpool are willing to let Divock Origi leave in January with a move to Italy on the cards, Chelsea will battle Tottenham for a defensive target, while Monday’s transfer gossip claims Leeds United’s hopes of signing a £25m striker have been lifted.

DIVOCK ORIGI SALE TO MILAN LOOKS LIKELY

Liverpool are reportedly willing to sanction Divock Origi’s sale in January – with a move to Serie A seemingly just days away.

The Belgium striker has proved a more-than-useful squad addition for the Reds in recent times. Indeed, he will go down as something of a legend after scoring key goals on their run to Champions League glory in 2019.

Since then, he’s been regularly linked with an exit, with recent goals against Wolves and AC Milan reminding Liverpool of his potency in front of goal.

Indeed, Origi is expected to take centre stage at Anfield during January with both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane AFCON bound.

The star duo’s absence will rob Liverpool of their two leading lights – and leave them looking painfully short in attack.

As such, Origi looks likely to be given an extended run in the side.

However, Italian website Tuttomercato, via the BBC are convinced his days at Anfield could soon be over.

Two Serie A suitors for Divock Origi

They state both AC Milan and Atalanta are battling it out over a January deal for the Belgian.

They claim Milan are seeking a replacement for the ageing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Origi fits the bill.

It’s the same story with Atalanta, who are preparing for the exit of Colombian hot-shot Luis Muriel.

Liverpool target Bowen, Raphinha

Liverpool's search for Mane and Salah's successors sees them target two from the Prem.

The article claims neither will reportedly have trouble matching Liverpool’s asking price, though Origi’s wage demands may prove a stumbling block.

And if that can be overcome, they feel a move will go through early in January.

However, the whole scenario just doesn’t add up. Perhaps his summer sale could be an option, but the Reds can ill-afford to lose Origi now, especially given the impending exits of Mane and Salah.

Liverpool continue to chase targets of their own with Raphinha, Karim Adeyemi and Jarrod Bowen in their sights.

BEN BRERETON DIAZ HOPE FOR LEEDS

Ben Brereton Diaz

Tony Mowbray admits Blackburn may not be able to keep hold of star striker Ben Brereton Diaz in January amid growing claims of a £25m approach from Leeds. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham stars are back in first-team training following the Covid outbreak that wrecked their schedule last week. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are facing a battle to hold onto rising strike starlet Khayon Edwards amid mounting interest from clubs in England and abroad – including London rivals Chelsea. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea are emerging as rivals to Tottenham in the race to sign Torino defender Gleison Bremer. (Daily Mail)

Brentford are in talks with Gremio over a £9.5m deal for Brazilian right back Vanderson. (Daily Mail)

Aaron Ramsey will reportedly cost Everton or Newcastle £42m in wages, even if Juventus allow him to leave on a free transfer. (Daily Express)

THREE CLUBS LOOKING AT PONTUS JANSSON

Pontus Jansson TEAMtalk

Everton, Leicester City and Newcastle are looking to sign Sweden defender Pontus Jansson, when his contract at Brentford runs out in the summer. (The Guardian)

Edwin van der Sar is denying speculation he will succeed Ed Woodward in an executive role at Manchester United in the near future. (Daily Mirror)

Andreas Pereira is making it perfectly clear that he intends to leave Manchester United on a permanent basis. (Daily Mirror)

Roma boss Jose Mourinho is planning alternatives with Diogo Dalot’s situation at Manchester United transformed under Ralf Rangnick. (Daily Mirror)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future as captain is in further doubt amid claims some stars are questioning his role. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool’s hopes of landing Karim Adeyemi in January appear over after the Red Bull Salzburg striker’s latest comments. (Daily Mirror)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester United’s match against Brentford on Tuesday night is emerging as a doubt amid a number of positive Covid-19 cases at their training ground. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham may yet survive in the Europa Conference League with UEFA’s Control Ethics and Disciplinary Body considering a rule change that will allow them to play after the December 31 deadline. (The Sun)

Landon Donovan believes US football should use the EFL as a yardstick to grow its game across the pond. (The Sun)

William Saliba is refusing to reveal where he will be playing next season after a question over his Arsenal future. (The Sun)

Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski came off after just 19 minutes against Empoli amid fears he was struggling to breathe. (The Sun)

Joshua Kimmich admits his ‘regret’ after refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine – and then catching the disease. (The Sun)