Hertha BSC want Marko Grujic for a £13m price, according to reports. That’s a very low fee – unless Liverpool have a plan.
Bild makes the claim. They believe that Hertha hope to bring Grujic back for a third year on loan, with the Serbian having shone over the past two.
Ex-coach Pal Dardai labelled Grujic ‘by far’ the best midfielder he’d seen at the club for 20 years. On top of that, current Sport Director Michael Preetz feels the player is ‘extraordinary’ – no surprise they want him back, then.
But this time, it comes with a ‘catch’. The German side want to include a £13m buy-clause in the deal, paving the way for a permanent move.
Bild believes that only Jurgen Klopp stands in the way. The Liverpool boss will take a look at Grujic over the next few days and then decide if he wants him at the club this season.
Otherwise, he may well head back to Germany.
£13m for Grujic is a steal. Here is a 24-year-old midfielder with two years of Bundesliga experience. He’s versatile and a natural physical presence. Grujic could almost certainly play in the Premier League and at a good level, too.
And yet, Hertha hope to bring him in for roughly what Liverpool paid Olympiacos to sign Kostas Tsimikas. Tsimikas, a talented player, shouldn’t command a similar fee to Grujic. He’s from a poorer league, a poorer club, and carries less of a reputation.
It was only last year that ESPN claimed Liverpool’s price was £35m. That’s quite a drop-off, especially after another good season.
So why would Liverpool consider selling at £13m? Because they might have a plan.
We think there’s a big rebuild coming. Gini Wijnaldum’s contract situation suggests so and it may well happen next year. That’s our prediction, anyway.
And if that is the case, Liverpool need money. Selling squad players is one of the best ways to do that, of course, and Liverpool may value guaranteed money in a year as a solid deal. They can plan ahead with that money and include it in any projections.
That’s the only way this Hertha deal would make any sense to us. Grujic could even see his price skyrocket with the right loan, in our opinion, but that may be a risk Liverpool don’t want to take.
Hertha are seemingly offering them help with a rebuild. And that’s an opportunity they may not want to pass up.