Liverpool need to think twice about selling if Atletico Madrid meet their reported asking price for Marko Grujic.
ESPN reported yesterday that the Reds wanted £35m if Atletico decided to sign the Serbian to replace Rodri.
This is obviously far more money than any fan could have envisioned getting for Grujic. Despite being Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool, he’s only played 14 times since.
Successive loans to Cardiff City and Hertha Berlin have been very successful, however. His spell in Germany this season has been particularly bright.
Hence Atletico’s reported interest. But Liverpool need to be certain they can’t use him if Atletico see Grujic as a £35m player.
A hard-working, aggressive midfield is key to Diego Simeone’s style. Similar, you’d have to say, to Klopp’s. If Simeone looks at Grujic and sees the future of his midfield, there’s probably a role for him at Liverpool.
Right now, there simply isn’t room, however. Liverpool are very well-stocked in the middle of the pitch and there’s little chance that Grujic will be included next season.
James Milner is now 32, though. His career is winding down and he’ll need replacing in the next couple of years. Grujic could well be the man to do that, given he’s talented and already signed.
Liverpool clearly see Grujic as a player of enough quality to command a high price. By that reckoning, they see the potential in him.
Now, if they truly don’t believe he’s got what it takes at Liverpool, then you get whatever fee you can. But when a team like Atletico sees his potential, you have to be absolutely certain before biting the bullet.