Report: AC Milan join the race for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic
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Report: AC Milan join the race for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic

Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic could be heading for the San Siro after it emerged that AC Milan are interested in signing the versatile playmaker this summer according to The Mail.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 25: Marko Grujic of Liverpool takes the ball into the attacking zone during the friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and FC Liverpool at Red Bull Arena on August 25, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Michael Molzar/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Milan alongside Benevento are the two favourites to sign the 24-year-old following on from a successful two-year loan spell in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin.

Hertha did want to sign Grujic themselves on a permanent deal yet due to the current financial ramifications of the ongoing global pandemic, the German outfit have chosen not to exercise their £18 million right to buy the Liverpool man – paving the way for a number of Serie A teams to swoop.

The Serbia international was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager – having joined from Red Star Belgrade for £5.1m [BBC] in 2016.

In the four years he has been on Liverpool’s books, Grujic has managed to clock up just 14 appearances and his time at Anfield appears to be running out.

Newly promoted Seria A outfit Benevento are reportedly set to be in advanced negotiations with Liverpool after they contacted the Reds at the end of last season enquiring to sign Grujic on loan with the option to buy at the end of the 2020/21 campaign according to Tuttmercatoweb.

The Mail reports that AC Milan and Benevento are not alone in the pursuit of Grujic who is also being monitored by Premier League teams Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, while German teams Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach also remain interested.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 15: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Marko Grujic of Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a training session on August 15, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Grujic remains an ambiguous prospect among Liverpool supporters.

In the matches he has featured under Klopp there has definitely been evidence of his undeniable talent yet he has been unable to convince the manager to give the Serbian midfielder a sustained run in the team.

Also, Grujic’s impressive stint in Germany is likely to have increased his valuation to a figure Liverpool could not refuse.

The Mirror report that Liverpool have no interest in sanctioning another loan deal as Klopp looks for funds during the current uncertain economic climate.

Klopp have stressed throughout the ongoing pandemic that spending big without the certainty of funds just isn’t viable at this moment in time. The club’s recent purchase of Kostas Tsimikas is testament to that notion as the Greek left-back was only bought following the £10.9 million sale of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.

With that said, Grujic represents Liverpool’s best chance of injecting cash into the club that could be used for transfers in more pressing areas of the team such as finding another centre back or attacking deputy.

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