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Report: Liverpool Duo To Make Way For New Signing Luis Diaz

Report: Liverpool Duo To Make Way For New Signing Luis Diaz
By Jonathan Byrne

Liverpool look like they've pulled off a major January transfer window acquisition. Reports suggest they're on the verge of signing Porto's Luis Diaz.

The Colombian winger is likely to arrive at Anfield after an impressive display domestically and in Europe for the Portuguese league leaders this season.

Diaz has scored fourteen goals in Liga Bwin so far and netted twice in the Champions League. He impressed against Liverpool in their encounters in Group B.

He's a player that has been on many Premier League team's radar for the last year or so. The Reds are favoured to hijack Tottenham's January interest in the winger.

With a €45 million price tag, Diaz won't come to Anfield that cheap. Reports suggest Liverpool could look to balance the books by offloading two players.

Liverpool Players On The Move

Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are the two players Liverpool are fielding permanent offers for, according to The Athletic, as Diaz adds to their attacking fold.

Writer James Pearce has indicated who's been in for the duo so far:

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Leeds United and Monaco have both inquired about Minamino, who Liverpool value at around £20 million. The Japan international has only made six starts in all competitions so far this season.

Origi, who is close to full fitness after a knee injury, has attracted interest from Newcastle United and Atalanta among others. The Belgium striker is out of contract this summer, although there is a clause in his contract that will trigger an extra year if he plays a certain number of matches.

Japanese international Minamino arrived at the Merseyside club ahead of the January transfer window in 2020. He played for RB Salzburg against Liverpool in Europe prior.

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It would take until August for him to bag his first Premier League goal against Arsenal in the FA Community Shield. Minamino was loaned out to Southampton for the second half of the 2021/2022 season.

This season he has been used sparingly, most often in Europe and cup competitions. Twelve of his eighteen appearances for Liverpool this season have been off the bench.

Liverpool fans won't need much of a refresher on the impact of Divock Origi at the club. 'Mr Saturday Night' has grown to be a cult hero around Anfield.

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A slew of late winners and decisive goals during the 2018/2019 Champions League campaign cemented him as a fan favourite, despite much playing time.

This season Origi has managed two Champions League starts and three appearances for Liverpool off the bench in the Premier League.

He's scored five goals across all competitions in ten games, which is an impressive yield. Many will be sad to see him go if the reports come to fruition.

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With Diaz adding to the attacking options of Salah, Firmino, Jota, and Mané - there doesn't appear to be much room for Origi or Minamino outside of those top five.

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