Divock Origi demands €4.5 million-a-year deal to join AC Milan

Liverpool forward Divock Origi has reportedly made AC Milan aware of his contract demands as the two parties discuss a potential summer move.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Serie A giants AC Milan have identified Divock Origi as a potential summer signing but are yet to agree on personal terms with him. The Belgian forward has received limited game time over the past few seasons and now wants to move away from Anfield. His contract with the Reds is set to expire in the summer.

The Belgian arrived in England in 2014 from Ligue 1 side Lille, joining Liverpool for around €12 million. However, he failed to break into the Liverpool starting XI and has played second fiddle to Roberto Firmino for much of his stint with the Reds. His most productive season in a Liverpool shirt came in 2015/16, his first full season with the club, when he scored 10 goals across competitions.

The rise of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino limited Origi’s game time. The 26-year-old has scored some crucial goals for the club, gaining a cult status among the fans for a short while. His most famous outing with Liverpool came against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League 2018/19 semi-finals as he scored twice in the second leg to help the Reds win 4-3 on aggregate.

The striker has played just five Premier League matches this season, scoring twice. With limited game time coming his way, Origi eventually decided to move on. With his contract expiring this summer, he is free to join any other club on a Bosman deal.

Origi has made just five Premier League appearances this season (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
What next for Origi? (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

AC Milan are one of the potential suitors, and as per the aforementioned report, the Belgian has agreed to join them, although the two parties have yet to agree on contract terms.

The Rossoneri have reportedly offered €3 million per year in wages, but Origi is holding out for at least €4.5 million per season, which has stalled contract talks. The report claims that a deal could be reached at around €4 million per year in wages.

Origi’s entourage are now waiting to hear from AC Milan before making their next move. Given how the Rossoneri have found it difficult to lure in players with their financial muscle, there is a chance the deal could collapse, although a lot will depend on how much the Liverpool forward and his representatives are willing to negotiate.

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