Football Jurgen Klopp eyeing Victor Osimhen as Roberto Firmino replacement

Football Jurgen Klopp eyeing Victor Osimhen as Roberto Firmino replacement

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By Martin Graham | 30th Jan 2022

New reports have emerged linking Victor Osimhen with a move away from Napoli, this time, to Liverpool.

The Reds are reportedly targeting the Napoli forward as a replacement for Roberto Firmino who is expected to leave Anfield at the end of the season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is currently looking towards rebuilding the squad in the summer, after barely making any changes for more than three seasons. Firmino’s exit looks to be the start of the rebuild as the Reds prepare to say goodbye to one of their longest-serving players on the current squad.

The Reds have all but signed Luis Diaz from FC Porto in Portugal according to reports as a first step to that rebuild and are reportedly monitoring Paulo Dybala whose contract situation at Juventus is unsure.

Contracts for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are being discussed, but with the last member of that fearsome front three, Firmino, likely to be exiting, Klopp is said to want the Nigerian as his replacement.

Spanish transfer website Fichajes.net claims that Klopp and Liverpool are in love with Victor Osimhen and view him as a long term heir to Firmino’s throne.

Earlier in the January transfer window, Arsenal and Newcastle United we’re linked with a move for the Napoli front man, who was priced at £60 million. Fichajes made it clear that Osimhen will finish the season with Napoli, but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis will be open to offers for the big striker.

Klopp debunks news of Origi exit in January

Divock Origi’s future at Liverpool has been a subject of speculation this season and offers have been made for the striker. However, Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri, via LFC Transfer Room, revealed that the player will remain a Liverpool player till at least the end of the season.

Liverpool received approaches from Atalanta and Fenerbahçe – the latter came with a generous offer for both player and club according to Tavolieri – but Klopp blocked any moves for his chief backup striker.

Tavolieri also claimed that Origi was open to a transfer move to the Turkish side especially but Klopp stood in his way.

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