Milan given green light to sign £60,000-a-week Liverpool centre-forward

Divock Origi has now signed his deal with Milan to join the Serie A leaders in a free transfer this summer once his Liverpool contract ends after the Rossoneri increased their offer. Milan ownership were fundamental to convincing the 26-year-old centre-forward of the move.

The Rossoneri made untiring attempts to seal Origi’s arrival. But talks over a pay cut from his Anfield salary were proving difficult. Divock will walk away from a €4m-a-year deal in June once the end of his term. Yet Milan’s initial proposal was worth only €3m, but have now increased the sum to €3.5m.

And Milan’s attempts to bridge the difference has proven fruitful. The Rossoneri will award Belgium international a three-year deal upon his arrival from the Reds in a Bosman transfer. The deal will also include the option for a further 12-months and is now pending only official confirmation.

All necessary signatures are on paper from the footballer and club. The Belgian striker’s San Siro switch brings the curtain down on his seven campaigns on Merseyside. After spending the first year following a £10m move to Liverpool back at former side Lille on loan, the 2014 signing has played 171 times, scoring 40 and assisting 17 goals.

Divock will leave Liverpool for Milan at the end of his deal, having rarely featured for the German manager so far this campaign. The Belgian striker has only played 14 times for five goals and three assists. Origi has also started only five times.