Milan flop Divock Origi linked with English and Turkish clubs

FOOTBALL Milan flop Divock Origi linked with English and Turkish clubs

Mark Kinyanjui 17:12 - 23.05.2023

Origi has not lived up to expectations since joining the club on a free transfer last summer.

Divock Origi is reportedly headed for the AC Milan exit door in the summer with English and Turkish clubs keen on signing him, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Aston Villa are not in the race to sign the Liverpool cult hero despite reports saying they are considering his signature.

Origi’s first season at Milan has been a disappointment. The Belgian with Kenyan roots has scored only two goals despite having 26 appearances in Serie A, with those coming against Monza and Sassuolo

He has failed to be the alternative to Olivier Giroud that the management hoped he would be, and reflections are underway.

It will be a summer of revolution in the attacking department and Origi could already be on his way out. Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara will make their assessments based on the offers that arrive, and now things are starting to move.

Origi is contracted to Milan until 30 June 2026 and has a salary of €4m net per season, which is a high figure for such a small return.

During an eight-year spell with Liverpool, the Belgian engrained himself into the folklore of the Merseyside outfit.

In the 2018-2019 season, the Reds were emphatically dispatched 3-0 by Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The ever-present and ruthlessly efficient pairing of Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah were ruled out of the return leg, but Origi was drafted into devastating effect.

Unbelievably, the £8m-rated forward netted twice in an awe-inspiring 4-0 comeback victory over the Catalan giants and then scored in the final against Tottenham Hotspur to secure his side their sixth European title.

Unsurprisingly, Jurgen Klopp has only had positive things to say about his former player and described Origi as an “outstanding player” and a “Liverpool legend” ahead of his move to Italy.