Liverpool have given the go-ahead for a Marko Grujic exit, according to reports. But the price may be too high for certain clubs to pay.
This comes from Portuguese outlet Record. They claim FC Porto would like to sign Marko Grujic this summer after Liverpool green-lit his exit.
That’s no great surprise, of course. Grujic surely will leave Liverpool this summer as the Reds seek transfer funds.
The Athletic claims Liverpool must sell players before buying more. Grujic, as someone who isn’t a part of the first-team squad, will be near the top of the list for those sales.
And Porto being involved is as expected, too. Grujic spent last season on loan there and while it wasn’t always a successful time, he was firmly in the first-team by the end of the campaign.
It took a while to reach that point. The Serbian went over a month without a start earlier in 2021.
Well, he did have a start in that period against Braga. Porto struggled badly, though, and off Grujic went after 20 minutes. He didn’t have a settled place, to say the least.
The fact Grujic earned one by the end is a great sign of how much Porto now rate him, though. But it appears he might struggle to be there next season.
Record claim Liverpool want around £14m for Grujic this summer. That’s understandable, given their need for incoming cash.
But Porto feel it’s ‘practically impossible’ that they can afford that. It’s too high of a price, especially as Hertha BSC are also involved in the race for Grujic.
Grujic, of course, spent two years on loan there before joining Porto.
Marko Grujic to exit Liverpool
Liverpool have what they want, then. Multiple clubs involved and an asking-price that they can negotiate from. We’ve got to imagine that at least one club will come in and pay it.
But even if they don’t, the competition should keep Grujic’s price close to that £14m mark.
In truth, we wish Liverpool could ask for more. The 25-year-old is a very good player and one who will quickly justify a fee far beyond that. That’s certainly how we see things going.
Unfortunately, his season with Porto wasn’t quite good enough to command something north of £20m. It’s a shame but it sounds as though Liverpool have to make the most of what they’ve got right now – no time for another loan.
£14m can hopefully go some ways to funding another decent transfer this summer.