Liverpool set out Origi transfer demands as Fenerbahce lead five-way battle

Fenerbahce are reportedly in talks with Liverpool over signing striker Divock Origi.

The Turkish outfit are one of five clubs believed to be interested in landing the Belgian this summer.

Aston Villa, Newcastle, Brighton and Fulham are keen on Origi's signature, but Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur claims Fenerbahce have made the first move.

Konur states that Fenerbahce have made enquiries with Liverpool over the possibility of taking the 25-year-old on loan.

Liverpool are open to letting Origi go providing Fenerbahce pay a loan fee and for the agreement to include a mandatory obligation to buy clause.

Origi is contracted to Liverpool until 2024 and is valued at around £30m, but Konur claims The Reds would be prepared to let him go for just shy of £14m.

Fenerbahce would no doubt be charged a considerable sum initially to take Origi on loan and would almost certainly be required to pay his wages in full.

Liverpool would also not allow Origi to leave without lining up an adequate replacement.

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Liverpool got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.

The Reds remain keen on Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara, but Georginio Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona.

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The forward is considered a cult hero around Anfield following his exploits in Liverpool's 2019 Champions League win.

Origi's actions in Liverpool's title celebrations sparked speculation he could be leaving the club as he was the last off the pitch having been seen staring at the Kop end whilst out on the field by himself.

While he made 41 appearances for his side last season, many of those came as a substitute, and Origi is largely considered as back-up to the front three.

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His six-goal haul will not have convinced Jurgen Klopp otherwise, and rumours suggesting Liverpool were in the market for a new forward will have done little to put Origi at ease.

It is thought he is now prepared to move on in order to seek first-team football.

Despite their reported interest, it is unlikely Villa or Newcastle will make a move for Origi considering both have signed new strikers for big sums recently.

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