Milan Must Cut Loose One Belgian Forward to Get Another

Milan outcast Divock Origi could leave San Siro permanently in the coming weeks to accommodate the arrival of his compatriot Romelu Lukaku. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Belgian striker is ready to pack his bags shortly after returning to Italy from a disappointing loan spell at Nottingham Forest.

Origi might have thought a return to the Premier League, where he previously wore the Liverpool jersey, would help him reignite his faltering career. However, after scoring just once in the FA Cup and drawing a blank in league action, the 29-year-old heads back to Milan as a flop.

Milan are keen to move on him again, but this time on a permanent basis. Origi’s services are no longer in high demand. Yet, he still has admirers in Turkey, with the Rossoneri seeking around €10 million to cut him loose. Despite the player’s downfall, two years left on his contract give Paulo Fonseca’s team hope that they could cash in on his departure.

In any case, Milan would get a substantial burden off their wage bill. Origi earns around €4m a year, a salary the Italians are desperate to get rid of. Achieving that task would make room for Lukaku’s Serie A comeback. He spent last season on loan at Roma and excelled. But Roma’s financial woes forced his return to his parent club Chelsea.

With the Blues keen to send him away, Lukaku is ready to open a new chapter. Despite playing for Inter across two stints, he’s reportedly willing to link up with Milan.

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