Napoli Join Race to Sign Liverpool Misfit on Bosman Move

Napoli will have to replenish their frontline next summer and have laid their eyes on Divock Origi. The striker is on an expiring contract and will likely leave Liverpool at the end of it. His agents have offered him to multiple Serie A teams in the last two transfer market windows.

The Partenopei will lose Lorenzo Insigne, who has already signed with Toronto FC. The future of Dries Mertens hangs in the balance as well. The club has an option to extend his deal, but they will not pick it up. The Belgian veteran would like to stay, but the management wants to cut his salary, also because of his reduced role at this point of his career.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Napoli have had frequent contacts with the agents of Origi lately. He would be able to both back up Victor Osimhen or play next to him. He had success as a super-sub with Liverpool. However, he has not played much this season, partly due to injury.

His demands could be an obstacle in the talks, though. He currently makes €4.5M per season. While he could agree to lower wages, the Azzurri are hellbent on keeping their payroll in check. On the other hand, they would pay fewer taxes than usual due to the so-called Decreto Crescita that incentivizes the arrivals of foreign players. The parties could be able to strike a deal at around €3M. Napoli face competition from Atalanta and a few foreign sides in their chase of Origi, the site adds.