Liverpool have dropped their asking price for Marko Grujic, according to reports. It cements his loan deal as an absolute disaster.
A Bola claims Liverpool have a price of around £8.6m for Marko Grujic. They’ll want around that to sell him on this summer.
That’s a big drop. Back on deadline day, for instance, the Reds supposedly wanted £20m for Grujic.
No one put up the cash, however, despite interest. But that was to be expected – finances were very tight outside of the biggest clubs.
Instead, Liverpool settled on a loan deal, sending Grujic off to FC Porto for the season.
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Marko Grujic on loan
It’s been a disaster of a loan deal. Grujic has started just five games in Liga NOS, with two of those coming in the fortnight.
The Serbian went a stretch of 10 games with just one start in 2021 – and he came off after 23 minutes in that one. He just hasn’t proven himself in Portugal.
Now, things are a little better right now. He’s started the last four games in all competitions and is playing reasonably well.
But Liverpool’s drop in asking price tells the whole story. They’ve gone from £20m to around £9m in under a year.
They’ve done it because Grujic’s stock has fallen so far that he’s worth under half what he was last year. And with that in mind, it’s hard to label this loan move as anything other than disastrous.
Liverpool don’t usually get these ones wrong. They got Grujic’s previous loan very right, in fact.
Playing with Hertha BSC, Grujic established himself as a fine Bundesliga midfielder – hence that £20m asking price. But with this spell in Portugal, Liverpool appear to have undone their good work.
It’s a lesson to learn, certainly. The Reds should have dealt with the situation better in the summer transfer window, either planning with him in the squad or selling while the price was high.
Instead, they took a chance on Grujic’s stock with this loan. It’s one that costs them £11m, essentially, as their player is now worth that much less to them.
Perhaps some negotiating mixed with high interest can push that price up again. Right now, though, Liverpool will take a hit.