Barcelona are lining up a shock move for Liverpool striker Divock Origi, according to reports in Spain.
Origi is, of course, no stranger to Barcelona, after scoring the goal which eliminated them from the Champions League earlier this month in Liverpool’s stunning turnaround.
However, his long-term future on Merseyside is far from guaranteed, as he enters the final year of his contract. Jurgen Klopp reportedly wants to extend the Belgian’s stay until 2022 as a reward for his impressive displays towards the end of the season.
According to Mundo Deportivo, though, Barcelona are firmly in the hunt to sign Origi. The La Liga champions are searching for a back-up option for Luis Suarez, with Kevin-Prince Boateng expected to return to Sassuolo after his loan expires next month.
Even with the impending arrival of Antoine Griezmann, who is expected to join them after confirming he would be leaving Atletico Madrid after five years in the capital, Barcelona still want to sign someone who can be a plan B for their forward line.
Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette has been linked, while Valencia’s Rodrigo could be another target, but the report claims Barcelona are looking instead for goalscorers with Champions League pedigree – and there are two players they have been impressed with this year.
Given Origi’s decisive performance against them in the semi-finals, Barcelona are keen on the 24-year-old, while another option is Tottenham Hotspur’s Fernando Llorente – who scored in the Round of 16 and quarter-finals of this year’s competition and is out of contract at the end of the season.
Barcelona seem to be confident that both players will be happy to be back-ups, given their similar scenarios at their present clubs. However, both Spurs and Liverpool appear to want to convince the duo to stay, with a last-minute extension reportedly being weighed up for Llorente too.
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