Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic remains the talk of much transfer speculation amid reports that up to seven teams including Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have held talks over a move to sign the versatile midfielder, claims Neil Jones of Goal.

Grujic, 24, has spent the last two seasons in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin who have been dubbed the most likely candidates to land the Serbian international.

Marko Grujic may struggle to impress Liverpool as he's been dropped by Hertha Berlin.

BERLIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 21: Marko Grujic of Hertha BSC acknowledges the fans after the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and SC Paderborn 07 at Olympiastadion on September 21, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

During his time in Germany, Grujic clocked up 54 appearances in all competitions – scoring nine goals while registering three assists.

He certainly impressed during that time. Grujic even had his manager saying he was the club’s best midfielder for 20 years.

The report claims that Liverpool want a fee in the region of £20 million which would be four times the value Jurgen Klopp paid for Grujic back in 2016. He has played just 14 times for Liverpool in that period.

It is also claimed that both Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are among the suitors interested in a move with both in official talks although they will face competition from Borussia Mönchengladbach, Werder Bremen, Frankfurt, Hertha and Atalanta.

 

Despite the interest from outside Anfield, Grujic still has hopes of remaining on Merseyside after claiming it was still ‘a dream‘ to remains part of Klopp’s plans for the 2020/21 season.

Grujic could still have a chance to impress the German manager during Liverpool’s pre-arranged friendly matches against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg in the coming days.

He is expected to feature against Stuttgart in a pre-season friendly in Salzburg on Saturday (5pm UK time).

Marko Grujic for Hertha BSC.

BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 20: Marko Grujic and Alexander Esswein of Hertha BSC after the Bundesliga match between Hertha BSC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Olympiastadion on June 20, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Marco Leipold/City-Press GmbH via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

If Liverpool can get the valuation they currently deem for Grujic then it is in the club’s interest to sell as that sort of figure during an economically uncertain time is just too good to turn down.

Staying in the Premier League could allow Klopp to maintain a close eye on his development while Atalanta have proven themselves quite the force in Serie A following a standout campaign from the Italian side.

If a deal can be agreed for Grujic, staying in England would be in the interest of both parties as it could still open the door of a future at Anfield if he impresses in England’s top-flight next season.

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