Liverpool have told Atletico Madrid that Maro Grujic will cost them £35m, according to reports.
ESPN makes the claim that Atletico want Grujic, seeing him as a potential replacement for Rodri.
Liverpool want a big fee, however, despite his lack of chances at Anfield.
Grujic was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Reds boss. That’s quite easy to forget, honestly, as the Serbian has only appeared 14 times since then.
The back end of last season was something of a breakthrough for him, though. Grujic spent six months on loan at Cardiff City that ended in promotion to the Premier League.
Neil Warnock made no secret of his desire to loan him again this season. But it wasn’t to be and Grujic instead left for Hertha Berlin and the Bundesliga.
Despite some injury troubles, it’s been great for the 23-year-old. Hertha boss Pal Dardai labelled Grujic ‘by far the best midfielder’ in his time at the club, for one thing.
And now Atletico are reportedly interested, a sure sign that Grujic has built a decent reputation for himself away from Liverpool.
Liverpool’s asking price is quite high for a player they’ve rarely used, however, which is another sign the Reds see a future in him.
Is that future at Anfield? That’s certainly not clear yet. Liverpool have a well-stocked midfield, after all. The choice here is between good profit this summer or another loan with a view to Grujic still making it at Liverpool.
It’s not an easy choice but one that Klopp and co will be forced to make. Either way, it’s an exciting development for Liverpool.