Marko Grujic won’t go to Euro 2020 and that might cost Liverpool millions. The Reds reportedly want to sell the player this summer.
FC Porto want Marko Grujic, it seems. A Bola claim as much, saying that Liverpool’s asking-price continues to drop for the player.
Porto will wait to see how low it drops. If they’re lucky, they can secure the player for a bargain fee.
But it doesn’t seem that easy. CMJournal believes Porto are a little worried about interest driving that price back up – and it may well do.
Berliner Kurier, for instance, say Hertha BSC want Grujic back after he spent two yeas on loan there. They like Liverpool’s current price – around £12m – and hope it stays around there.
That’s a significant drop on the original valuation, after all. Liverpool wanted £20m before last season but can’t justify that now.
And with that in mind, Serbia’s absence from Euro 2020 is costing the Reds here.
Grujic misses Euro 2020
Grujic won’t play at Euro 2020 as Serbia failed to qualify. They reached the Playoff Round, only to lose to Scotland on penalties.
And that means no shop window for Grujic. It would have been a very useful one, too.
Grujic had a difficult season with FC Porto. He was in and out of the lineup – usually the latter – but did end the season reasonably well.
It wasn’t the season Liverpool wanted, though. They will have hoped Grujic would play regular football in a title-winning team with some shining Champions League displays.
That would have seen his price sky-rocket. Instead, inconsistency meant it fell.
The frustrating part, though, is that when Grujic plays, teams like the look of him. The Liverpool Echo says that Liverpool were overwhelmed by calls from other clubs after Grujic played for Porto in the Champions League.
He didn’t even play much against Juventus, though he played most of the 180 minutes v Chelsea. Regardless, it was four games but enough to get half of Europe asking about him.
We can only imagine the interest if he’d played on an even bigger stage at the Euros, then. It’s exactly what Liverpool needed after a difficult season to drive that price right back up.
Instead, Grujic will be at home as the Reds try to negotiate a sale this summer. With a bit more luck, it could have been so much more.