Liverpool face a very tough task to get what they want out of any Marko Grujic deal. The Serbian is having a bad time in Portugal.
We’ve written before about how bad things are for Marko Grujic right now. And they’ve only gotten worse since.
The Serbian hasn’t played a full 90 minutes for FC Porto since late January. In fact, he’s only started one game in the following two months and that saw him come off at half-time.
That came on February 13th – Grujic has played just 55 minutes between then and now.
That’s not exactly good. You could call it a disaster, in fact, given reports in Serbia say Liverpool want around £26m when they sell Grujic this summer.
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We feel we can safely assume that won’t happen. Instead, Liverpool will have to be at their inventive best to secure a decent deal for Grujic.
First and foremost, that means being flexible. Liverpool will likely have to be open to a loan-to-buy at the very least.
But that comes with a problem – Grujic’s contract expires in 2023. He’ll have just one year left at the end of next season, meaning he’ll go for a discounted price.
If Liverpool want anything close to his value, they’ll have to get it this summer. But it’s hard to tell what they value is right now, given his lack of appearances with Porto.
Maybe financing the deal differently could work. Sell based on bonuses, hoping that the next club gets the most out of Grujic and Liverpool get the full fee.
That’s the kind of deal Liverpool must negotiate, then. Grujic’s loan was supposed to see him prove himself at Champions League level for a top side, growing his value while simultaneously putting him in a massive shop window.
Instead, everyone is watching him struggle badly. Creative and inventive negotiation is the only way Liverpool can correct that.