Liverpool appear to have suffered a rare defeat over a transfer for Marko Grujic. Reports claim a deal could happen next week.
Liverpool built a reputation over the last few years for securing fantastic deals with their sales. A couple really stand out in that regard.
Firstly, there was moving Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth and securing £17m in the process. That was an enormous amount for a player who had just one Premier League goal to his name.
Then they outdid themselves last year, selling Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United for £23.5m. Brewster had never actually played in the Premier League before and had just six months of senior football to his name.
Yet Liverpool sold him for more than they paid Bayern Munich for Thiago.
So with all that in mind, we think it’s only right to consider this supposed Marko Grujic transfer something of a failure.
Marko Grujic transfer
A Bola claims Liverpool will sell Grujic to Porto for around £11m. On the one hand, that’s good – the Reds never use him.
On the other, it’s a steal. Grujic is an international player who has delivered full seasons in both the Bundesliga and Liga NOS. He’s a player coming into his prime, too, and has consistently delivered wherever he’s been.
£11m for all of that is undoubtedly a bargain.
Especially when you consider Liverpool wanted £20m for Grujic a year ago, per the Liverpool Echo. That’s a £9m fall – nearly 50% of their demands. Grujic still has two years left on his contract, too.
A lot of that comes down to his strange loan with Porto, though. Grujic barely featured over the vast majority of the season. Things went badly enough that we labelled it a disaster.
But he did finally secure a place in the starting XI by the very end. We thought that might boost his price a little, given Porto would want him more.
Instead, the price stays at just £11m. For a player as good and experienced as Grujic, that’s got to be a failure.