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Liverpool close in on £10m Origi


ORIGI-RUSSIA-2LONDON, England, July 7- Liverpool will continue to spend the £70 million they are expected to receive for Luis Suarez this week as they close in on deals for Divock Origi and Lazar Markovic.

Liverpool agreed a fee – thought to be close to £10m – with Lille for the 19-year-old striker before the tournament, during which Origi has put in some eye-catching displays. It is expected he will remain at the French club on loan next season.

The club are also stepping up their bid to convince Alexis Sanchez to swap the Nou Camp for Anfield as part of the move that would take Suarez to Barcelona.

According to The Times, a fee of £25m has been agreed for Benfica and Serbia winger Markovic, 20, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea in the past 18 months, while talks with Origi can now begin following Belgium’s elimination from the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the newspaper claims that Liverpool have not given on Sanchez, despite the Chile forward’s apparent desire to join Arsenal or Juventus, and are in talks with the player’s representatives.

But Liverpool will accept a straight cash deal for Suarez after Barcelona made it clear they are willing to meet Suarez’s buy-out clause – which is said to be between £63m and £80m.