Thursday, 10 July 2014

Liverpool set to complete £30million double swoop for Divock Origi and Lazar Markovic


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  • Origi was pictured arriving in Liverpool ahead of potential £10m move
  • The 19-year-old Lille forward impressed during World Cup for Belgium
  • Markovic will undergo medical at Anfield on Thursday ahead of move
  • Benfica winger looks set to move to Liverpool for £19.8m
Liverpool are on the verge of completing a £30million double swoop for Belgium World Cup star Divock Origi and Benfica winger Lazar Markovic.

Origi was pictured arriving in Liverpool on Wednesday to discuss terms with Reds officials at their Melwood training ground and could undergo his medical alongside Markovic on Thursday.

A £19.8million fee for Markovic is believed to have been agreed with Benfica - which activated his release clause - while Origi looks sets to cost Liverpool £10m from French outfit Lille, although Tottenham are attempted to snatch the Belgian striker for themselves.

Anfield bound? Divock Origi (right) has flown into Liverpool to discuss a possible move to the club
Anfield bound? Divock Origi (right) has flown into Liverpool to discuss a possible move to the club

Impact: Origi, who has come through at Lille this season, is also interesting Tottenham
mpact: Origi, who has come through at Lille this season, is also interesting Tottenham
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Wanted: Liverpool have met the £19.8million release clause in Lazar Markovic's Benfica contract
Wanted: Liverpool have met the £19.8million release clause in Lazar Markovic's Benfica contract

 Manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to spend the £75m he will recuperate from the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and he is nearing adding Markovic to his squad.

The Anfield club have been in discussions with Benfica for weeks over a deal for their 20-year-old winger.

Markovic has played 12 times for Serbia, scoring twice, and he netted seven goals in 49 appearances for Benfica last season.

Origi meanwhile impressed at the World Cup, scoring for Belgium against Russia during the group stages after replacing Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku in the starting line-up.
The 19-year-old scored seven goals in 45 appearances for Lille last season.

Target: Markovic will undergo his medical at Anfield on Thursday ahead of his move
Target: Markovic will undergo his medical at Anfield on Thursday ahead of his move

Prospect: 19-year-old Origi has already been scouted by several top Premier League clubs after a good season
Prospect: 19-year-old Origi has already been scouted by several top Premier League clubs after a good season

Origi would not commit on where his future lay when asked in an event in his hometown of  Houthalen-Helchteren.
'I myself am still thinking about it,' he told reporters.
'It is true that there are offers from all over Europe. Now I have to look carefully where I will grow as a player and as a person.
'I think things will be clearer within two weeks at the most.'
DailyMail

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