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Liverpool push Marko Grujic aside in reported Renato Sanches pursuit

Liverpool would effectively end any Anfield future for Marko Grujic with their reported Renato Sanches pursuit. Reports claim the Reds want the latter.

Liverpool reportedly want Renato Sanches and that is terrible news for Marko Grujic. Le10Sport initially made the claim.

But now Tutto Mercato Web say Liverpool have found an £18m agreement with Lille. That, if true, suggests a move is imminent.

We won’t hold our breath just yet, though. After all, that’s an Italian outlet claiming an English club will sign a Portuguese player from a French team – it’s not easy to see why they’d have the news first.

But this is now two separate sources claiming Liverpool want Sanches. And if that truly is the case, they must rate him very highly.

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There’s a free option here, after all.

Opportunity cost

Liverpool sent Grujic to FC Porto this season after two years with Hertha Berlin. Two very successful years, too, as the Serbian played very well in the Bundesliga.

That established him as a top-level player. And if that’s what Liverpool want in their squad, he’s a free option.

Any midfielder that does come in will likely be a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, after all. The Dutchman has an expiring contract and looks likely to leave for nothing in June.

Does that player need to be a first-choice midfielder, though? Liverpool will still have Thiago, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho as their best options. Curtis Jones looks like a very bright talent, too, while Naby Keita and James Milner are still there.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as well, now we think about it.

That’s more than enough to cover three midfield positions and enough talent to make up for Wijnaldum without signing anyone. If Liverpool worry about numbers, then Grujic is the clear option.

He’s free, he’s established in top-flight football and he already knows the club. A fine squad player, then.

Thus the only reason we can see Liverpool signing Sanches is because they see massive potential in him. Potential so great that he’s worth spending unnecessarily on.

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He certainly wouldn’t be a first-choice midfielder, after all. But at 23, he has the potential to be one. Grujic is only one year older, though – Liverpool must see a big difference in potential.

We’ll have to wait and see where this goes. But on paper, this looks quite exciting. Liverpool don’t tend to get these decisions wrong.

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