FC Porto are ready to accelerate talks with Liverpool over Marko Grujic. That’s according to reports out of Portugal.
This comes from Record. They claim Porto are ready to accelerate talks for Marko Grujic.
It’s not exactly a secret that they want the Serbian. He spent last season there and while things were difficult at first, Grujic established himself by the end of the campaign.
So they’d like him back. Liverpool want around £14.5m for the player, though, and Porto aren’t prepared to pay that.
They’ll try to talk Liverpool down but in our opinion, that’s an intimidating prospect.
Porto to accelerate Grujic talks
The big problem Porto face here is that Liverpool don’t typically lower their demands. In fact, they’ll hold off on selling a player if no one meets their asking price.
We saw that last year – twice, actually. The Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds wanted to sell both Grujic and Harry Wilson. They put £20m price-tags on their heads but no one paid.
Thus both went out on loan. Liverpool didn’t lower their demands to get a deal done – they just postponed things for a year.
So what should really concern Porto is that Liverpool have dropped their Grujic price from £20m to £14m. That’s already a significant drop and it seems highly unlikely that they’ll lower it further.
But we think it’s virtually guaranteed that Liverpool get their money one way or the other. Even if Porto try to fight the Reds here, someone else should come in and pay that price.
Grujic is simply too good and too experienced for no one to pay it. Porto are just making things difficult for themselves by attempting to lower the fee again.
Though, perhaps it’s just desperation. A Bola claim Porto don’t have the money to buy players right now and will have to sell in order to fund deals.
They thought that money was coming by selling Vitinha to Wolves but that’s now off the table. If they want Grujic, they’ll need to fund a move somehow.
Maybe Liverpool can help them with that. But even if they can’t, we can’t see Liverpool suffering.
We’d be shocked if no one signed Grujic for £14m this summer and that’s all the Reds need at the end of the day. Porto, in trying to take on Liverpool in talks, are only wasting their time.