Following his free transfer from Liverpool to AC Milan, Divock Origi has had a slow start, and as a result of his injury issues, the club is already on the lookout for a suitable replacement.
AC Milan are apparently searching for a new striker after signing Divock Origi, a former Liverpool player, a few months ago.
After his contract with Liverpool expired in July, Origi joined Milan on a free transfer.
The Belgian international signed a four-year deal with the Italian powerhouses after making 175 appearances and scoring 41 goals during an eight-year stint with the Reds.
The 27-year-old had a good reputation at Anfield for often showing up during crucial moments to score vital goals.
He not only scored six goals in 12 games against Everton’s rivals, but he also scored two in Liverpool’s historic 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final in 2019.
And added a second goal against Tottenham in the subsequent final. But things haven’t gone well since he moved to Milan.
Due to injury, Origi has only played 81 minutes in four appearances off the bench and has not started any of the games in which he has participated.
Milan has acted as a result of his performance and lack of availability.
The Serie A champions are reportedly interested in Noah Okafor of Red Bull Salzburg and Jonathan David of Lille as potential Origi replacements during the January transfer window.
Over the summer, David was heavily linked to a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal among his admirers.
The 22-year-old has had a solid start to the season, contributing four goals and two assists in Lille’s first seven Ligue 1 games.
He will also serve as the offensive coordinator for Canada at the World Cup in November.
For Salzburg, Okafor has six goals and two assists in all competitions.
The 22-year-old international from Switzerland, who has previously been associated with Leeds United, is reputedly worth £25 million.
After a slow start to the season, Origi was recently dubbed the “worst signing of the season” in Serie A.
This season, Milan manager Stefano Pioli has chosen to start former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud alongside newcomer Charles De Ketelaere.
Milan has won four and drawn two of its first six games, placing third in Serie A.
Due to persisting injury issues, Origi was not included in Milan’s lineup for their 2-1 victory over Sampdoria over the weekend.
He’s a good player, but he didn’t feel well at the end of the training session, which is sad, said Pioli.
It was preferable to avoid taking a chance because the muscle was toughening up.
Origi will miss Wednesday night’s Champions League match between Milan and Dinamo Zagreb, which will take place without him.
Given that Origi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both receiving medical attention, Giroud will continue to lead the assault.