Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Divock Origi, Dejan Lovren and Fabio Borini

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19:  Fabio Borini of Sunderland is mobbed by team mates after scoring the winner from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on April 19, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Luis Suarez isn't going to replace himself. While Liverpool are in the United States, manager Brendan Rodgers and the club's hierarchy remain hard at work to ensure that the Reds build upon last season's success.

The club has completed plenty of business already, which is a welcome transition to how the summer has unfolded in the past. Rodgers and Fenway Sports Group have learned from their past mistakes and know that waiting until the last second to secure deals isn't a feasible method of improving the team.

Here's the latest updates on three deals that might get wrapped up in the coming days.


Divock Origi

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 26:  Divock Origi of Belgium acknowledges the fans after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Belgium at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 26, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images
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In June, Alex Rea of the Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds were pursuing Divock Origi. Fast forward a few weeks and a deal for the Lille striker still hasn't been completed, but it could be close.

Mike Origi, Divock's father, confirmed to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that: "The deal isn't done yet. Liverpool is still the most concrete option," via Mike Whalley of ESPN FC.

"There's another team showing interest," added the elder Origi. "We want to take a decision soon. On Monday, Divock is expected back at Lille for their first training session. We would like to have everything wrapped before that day."

Origi was one of the young stars to emerge at the 2014 World Cup, but at club level he remains fairly inexperienced. Per Transfermarkt, he's only made 40 appearances in Ligue 1.

A condition of the transfer would likely be that the 19-year-old stays at Lille for another season before heading to Anfield, thus allowing him to get a little more polish his skills prior to his Premier League move.


Dejan Lovren

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  Dejan Lovren of Southampton dives to head the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Southampton at Stadium of Light on January 18, 2014 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Ge
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According to The Guardian's Andy Hunter, Liverpool are edging closer to a loan-to-buy deal for Atletico Madrid's Javier Manquillo. If it happens, it would be the first defender they've purchased. Considering how porous the defense was last season, it shouldn't be their last.

The Reds had a £20 million bid for Dejan Lovren rejected by Southampton, and now Saints manager Ronald Koeman is taking a hard-line stance.

"If they are interested, they have to come with a bid, and a good one, and then we can speak about that, because the player likes to move," he said, per "Players have to be happy in Southampton—they have to fight for the colours of Southampton and, if not, okay, but always if there is a good bid on the table."

You can understand Koeman's side on the matter. Liverpool have already purchased Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton, and now they want to sign one of the club's best defenders. Add that frustration to his desire to get the best possible deal for his club.

Lovren won't be pried away without a fight.

From a Liverpool perspective, you have to wonder when enough is enough and they start moving on to other targets. Paying £20 million is already pushing it for Lovren; he's a very good player, but if the Reds start getting into the £25-30 million range, it's simply too much.


Fabio Borini

PRESTON, LANCASHIRE - JULY 19:  Keith Keane of Preston in action with Fabio Borini of Liverpool during the pre season friendly match between Preston North End and Liverpool at Deepdale on July 19, 2014 in Preston, Lancashire.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Gett
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With all of Liverpool's moves this summer, Fabio Borini's place in the squad is far from assured, thus a sale to Sunderland has been rumored for £14 million. The only problem is that Borini doesn't want to leave.

"He wants to remain on Merseyside," said his agent Marco De Marchi, per, via Sky Sports. "His project with Liverpool started two years ago when he left Roma; he began a journey and it is a major project for him."

"We are involved in negotiations and you never know how long that can take," Sunderland manager Gus Poyet commented, per Graeme Anderson of the Sunderland Echo. "There’s nothing new to report as things stand but we are still hoping to close the deal completely. It’s up to Fabio."

Football writer Kristan Heneage thinks that the Black Cats should do whatever is necessary to bring Borini back:

There was some worry after Borini left the pitch with an injury in Liverpool's 1-0 friendly loss to Roma on Wednesday. Rodgers, however, allayed any fears that the problem was serious.

"It's probably not as bad as first thought," he said after the match, per "He'll miss a few days of training. He won't train now for the remainder of the trip here, but it's only going to be a matter of days before he's back training and playing again."

As long as Borini's not carrying a major knock, his transfer prospects remain unaffected.