Liverpool’s Marko Grujic set to leave
Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is apparently approaching the exit door after learning he was free to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side for good this summer during talks last weekend.
What is the story?
The 25-year-old has spent the last three campaigns away from Anfield on one-season loans and is now set to join Porto after impressing in the Portuguese giants’ last tenure.
All this according to a report by Football initiate, who claim the Reds are asking for Â£ 15million for Grujic following negotiations with the Dragons.
Will Liverpool miss Grujic?
Yes – 100%
Klopp will buzz
The news that Liverpool’s hierarchy is on the verge of securing a sale will surely rock Klopp as he aims to strengthen his first team.
The German manager is expected to be in the market for more players over the next few months, with the addition of a new central midfielder likely to be a priority given the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.
French under-21 international defender Ibrahima Konate has already arrived in Merseyside, but they will likely need additional reinforcements to regain their Premier League crown.
However, with the continuing impact of the pandemic severely hampering Liverpool’s financial might in the transfer market, selling off several fringe players may be the best way to raise the funds needed to make these additions.
Star names such as Saul Niguez, Patson Daka and Raphinha have been linked with big moves under in recent weeks, but any significant potential arrival will likely depend on football director Michael Edwards who moves the deadwood first. Athletic’s James Pearce posting on Twitter that “newcomers after Konate signing will be influenced by the amount generated by player sales.”
Grujic joined the 19 England champions in 2016 from children’s club Red Star Belgrade, although he struggled to win in the first team.
After doing just 16 appearances for Liverpool throughout their five-year stint, it looks like their time in English football is coming to an end.
After promising loan spells at Cardiff City and Hertha Berlin, the Serbian has found his feet in Porto in 2020/21, scoring twice in 39 appearances for men by Sergio Conceicao.
A return to the Estadio do Dragao appears to be the best solution for all parties concerned, and Klopp could now pursue his own transfer plans as he prepares for his return to the top of English football, with additional funds at his disposal.
With potentially another Â£ 15million in the bank with space now freed up in his squad and with a bit more money on the payroll, Klopp should be happy that Grujic’s sale appears to be over.
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