Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is seemingly nearing the exit door after being told that he is free to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side for good this summer during talks last weekend.
What’s the story?
The 25-year-old has spent the last three campaigns away from Anfield on season-long loans and is now close to joining Porto after impressing at the Portuguese giants’ last term.
This is all according to a report from Football Insider, who claim that the Reds are holding out for a £15 million fee for Grujic following negotiations with the Dragons.
Will Liverpool miss Grujic?
Yes – 100%
Klopp will be buzzing
News that the Liverpool hierarchy are close to securing a sale will surely have Klopp buzzing as he aims to strengthen his first-team squad.
The German manager should be in the market for more players over the coming months, with the addition of a new central midfielder likely taking priority, given the exit of Gini Wijnaldum.
France Under-21 international defender Ibrahima Konate has already arrived on Merseyside, but they are likely to need further reinforcements to regain their Premier League crown.
However, with the ongoing impact of the pandemic severely hampering Liverpool’s financial might in the transfer market, selling several fringe players may be the best way to raise the required funds needed to make these additions.
Star names such as Saul Niguez, Patson Daka and Raphinha have been linked with big-money moves in recent weeks, yet any significant potential arrivals are likely to hinge on Director of Football Michael Edwards shifting the deadwood first, with The Athletic’s James Pearce posting on Twitter that ‘further new arrivals after the signing of Konate will be influenced by how much is generated from player sales.’
Grujic joined the 19-time English champions back in 2016 from boyhood club Red Star Belgrade, though he struggled to ever establish himself in the first-team squad.
After making just 16 appearances for Liverpool throughout his five-year stay, it seems as though his time in English football is drawing to a close.
Following promising loan spells at Cardiff City and Hertha Berlin, the Serbian found his feet at Porto in 2020/21, scoring twice in 39 appearances for Sergio Conceicao’s men.
A return to the Estadio do Dragao appears to be the best solution for all relevant parties, and Klopp may now be able to press on with his own transfer plans as he plots his way back to the summit of English football, with some extra funds at his disposal.
With potentially an extra £15m in the bank with a space now freed up in his squad and with some more money off the wage bill, Klopp should be happy that the sale of Grujic looks to be completed.