Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Liverpool leading race to sign Arsenal flop as Divock Origi replacement


Liverpool are looking to sign PSV Eindhoven’s striker Donyell Malen this summer. The former Arsenal youth player could be a potential replacement for the outgoing Divock Origi.

The Reds have one of the best front three in world football with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mo Salah. They added Diogo Jota to their attack last summer, splashing £45 million for his signature. And the Portuguese have proven to be a very good signing so far.

But both Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi will likely leave the club after struggling to get playing time. This will leave the club without any major backup in their attack.

The current Premier League champions have been linked with a move for Kylian Mbappe. And the interest in Jadon Sancho has also resurfaced recently. But any move for the two players would demand a huge transfer fee, something the club can’t afford in the current financial situation.

Liverpool leading race to sign Arsenal flop as Divock Origi replacement
Origi will certainly leave Liverpool this summer. Photo: Daily Express

Malen’s impressive season

One player who can be bought for cheap is Dutch striker Donyell Malen. The 22-year old was on the books of Arsenal and came through their academy. But he left the Emirates for just £500,000 for PSV in 2018 as an 18-year old. Since then, he has become a key player for the Dutch club.

He scored 11 goals and provided two assists in just 14 Eredivisie starts last season. And this season, he has taken his game to another level. So far this season, he has 17 goals and 7 assists to his name in just 23 league start.

Malen perfect for Liverpool
Malen has been in fine goal-scoring form this season. Photo: Football.London

His impressive form has seen him get an impressive WhoScored rating of 7.35, which is more than anyone in the PSV squad.

And he has been impressive in the European stages as well. He scored 5 goals in 8 Europa League games this season before PSV was eliminated from the competition.

Malen perfect for Liverpool

Malen’s fantastic form has not gone unnoticed by top European clubs and he is not short of potential suitors. Liverpool faces tough competition for the signature of Malen, with Barcelona, AC Milan, and Juventus all interested in him. But according to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, the Reds are favorites to sign the youngster.

He would be an ideal backup attacker for Liverpool when Divock Origi leaves. Primarily a centre-forward, Malen can operate as a winger on either flank and even as an attacking midfielder. His excellent hold-up play will bring his teammate more into the attack. His pace and trickery, along with his finishing abilities is a nightmare for defenders. Malen can certainly push Firmino for the centre-forward role.

Liverpool leading race to sign Arsenal flop as Divock Origi replacement
Liverpool are favourites to sign Malen. Photo: Sky Sports

PSV’s financial position could make player sales necessary this summer as they look to raise funds to cover for their lost revenues. And according to the report, they will ask £25 million for their prized asset in Malen, which is a fraction of the price it would take to sign Mbappe or Sancho.

Malen is destined to leave PSV for a top European club this summer. And Liverpool should be all over this deal. But if they are not quick enough to close a deal for him, he might join some other top club.


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