Liverpool have a chance to sell Marko Grujic this summer, according to reports. They must lower their demands, however.
This comes from O Jogo in Portugal. They believe Liverpool could finally sell Marko Grujic at the end of the season.
Grujic, of course, is on loan at FC Porto and has been all season. It’s been a strange campaign for him, though, with the majority of his starts coming in the last few weeks.
In fact, we labelled the move a ‘disaster’ not too long ago and that was far from hyperbole. Grujic simply wasn’t getting in the side.
He had a spell of two months with only start – and that game saw him come off after just 20 minutes. It seemed Porto weren’t high on him at all.
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But things have improved dramatically since then. So much so that Porto are interested in making the move permanent.
There’s a catch, of course – they don’t want to pay Liverpool’s asking price. That’s £17m (€20m) but the Reds must lower it to get this one done.
Liverpool to sell Grujic?
We really didn’t expect Porto to want Grujic long-term but here we are. Perhaps this loan deal is salvageable after all.
This will come down to just how far they want that price lowered, however. We can’t imagine Liverpool want to give up too much money.
After all, the Reds have a big summer ahead of them where they’ll want to bring in quite a few players. A centre-back, certainly, someone to replace Gini Wijnaldum and a forward all make sense.
That takes money that Liverpool don’t necessarily have. Selling players on helps out, then, and those out on loan make the most sense.
Liverpool aren’t using the likes of Grujic and Harry Wilson, so any money they can get is a big bonus. The Serbian has bounced around for some time now without the Reds utilising him in their own midfield.
In truth, £17m feels too high right now – especially at a time when most clubs have played without fans for over a year. It’d be one thing if the market for Grujic was elite clubs with piles of cash but that isn’t the case.
It’s clubs the size of Porto who will want him and they surely don’t have £17m lying around. Not for someone on Grujic’s level, anyway.
So, Liverpool have a decision to make. Do they want to sell at a discount to guarantee more summer funs? Or do they want to wait six months or a year and hope to get more next season?
We imagine it’ll be the former. Hopefully, they don’t have to lower their asking-price too much.