Liverpool ‘determine’ three first-team gamers to dump to fund switch for Luis Diaz

Liverpool are keen to promote Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and Nat Phillips within the closing two days of the January switch window, in keeping with studies.

The Reds are poised to announce the signing of Luis Diaz on a five-year contract worth £90,000 per week from Porto after gazumping Tottenham.

Diaz will value Liverpool an preliminary upfront payment of £37.5million, with an additional £12.5m payable in add-ons relying on how the Colombian winger begins on Merseyside.

That could be a lot lower than Porto have been initially aiming for, after Liverpool’s soon-to-be sporting director Julian Ward haggled them down in price.

Porto needed £83m for Diaz, which might have triggered the £66.4m clause in his contract and handed former membership Junior de Barranquilla £16.6m for the 20 % stake within the winger.

Luis Díaz will value Liverpool an preliminary £37.5million
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However, £50m remains to be a big quantity to decide to and Liverpool are subsequently open to affords for a few of their first-team gamers to be able to soften the monetary blow.

The Athletic says that Minamino, Origi and Phillips are the three who they may realistically appeal to late consideration in.

Diaz has contributed 16 objectives and 4 assists in 26 appearances for Porto this season, enjoying on the left aspect of assault.

He has been signed to offer competitors for locations and back-up for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, who’re Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice attackers.

The latest type of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in addition to the return to health of Harvey Elliott and emergence of Kaide Gordon, has inspired Klopp he doesn’t want as a lot depth up entrance.

Minamino has solely made six begins in all competitions up to now this season and has did not make a lot of an affect since arriving from Purple Bull Salzburg in January 2020 for £7.25m.

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Takumi Minamino has solely began six video games for Liverpool this season
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Leeds United and Monaco are each reportedly within the Japan worldwide, who Liverpool worth at round £20m.

Origi holds cult hero standing at Liverpool, however is out of contract this summer time and is on the radar of Newcastle United and Atalanta, in keeping with the report.

There’s a clause within the Belgian striker’s contract that can set off an additional 12 months if he performs a sure variety of matches this season, however the membership would take into account letting him go earlier than Monday’s 11pm deadline.

Phillips has been available on the market for the precise worth all month, however Liverpool are but to obtain a proposal within the area of £15m, which they might deem acceptable.

The 24-year-old centre-back is approach down the pecking order and has performed simply thrice up to now this season.

Watford have already seen a £7m bid rejected, whereas Newcastle are excited by taking him on mortgage after failing in bids to signal Sevilla’s Diego Carlos and Lille’s Sven Botman.

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