Besiktas have approached Liverpool to ask if they would consider taking goalkeeper Loris Karius back from his loan and replacing him with Divock Origi on the same deal, according to Fotomac.
Nowadays it is no big surprise to come across some bizarre transfer stories, but this one is certainly a head-scratcher.
After Karius’s costly fumbles in last season’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, it swiftly became clear that he would lose the number one spot at Liverpool.
Manager Jurgen Klopp brought in Alisson from Roma and as a result, Karius joined Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.
According to Fotomac, the Turkish outfit have been left less than impressed by the shot-stopper and have approached the Reds with a strange offer.
The publication claims that Besiktas want to send Karius back to Anfield and replace him on the deal with Divock Origi.
Liverpool will have very little to gain from this arrangement, and it could end up hampering them in the long run.
Simon Mignolet is currently the club’s second choice behind Alisson, so Karius is not necessarily needed.
As part of the loan deal with Besiktas, an option to buy was included, so if Karius was to return then Liverpool may find it hard to attract another suitor.
As for Origi, the Belgian is not part of Klopp’s plans this season and it is unlikely that he will force a way into the team’s attack.
However, it would be best for the club to push for a permanent sale elsewhere rather than an initial loan arrangement.