Liverpool’s summer business should jump into gear with the sales of both Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi today.
Porto have confirmed the signing of midfielder Grujic.
He spent last season on loan at the Estádio do Dragão and will now join them on a permanent basis.
Liverpool will receive £10.5m for the Serbian, according to BBC.
The Reds also agreed a 10% sell-on clause in the deal.
Grujic left the club’s training camp in Austria on Monday to fly to Portugal and complete the move.
According to Neil Jones, the two clubs have agreed a £6.5m deal.
There is also a 10% sell-on clause negotiated in the Nigerian’s sale.
Like Grujic, Awoniyi is re-joining the club where he spent last season on loan.
Fans are excited by the sales as it will hopefully lead to some incomings. We here at RTK are of the same opinion.
RTK View: Grujic and Awoniyi sales will lead to incomings
While Liverpool would have hoped to have got more money for Grujic, they have got a good fee for Awoniyi.
A combined £17m for two players with just 16 appearances for the club between them is good business.
Fans have been frustrated with Liverpool’s lack of activity in the transfer market thus far. Ibrahima Konate has been the only new signing up to now.
It is slightly strange that the transfer committee is leaving it so late to make new signings. But then, Thiago and Diogo Jota were both signed late last summer, so there is some precedent.
The general feeling was that the club were waiting to sell some fringe players before they could start recruiting stars.
Yet moving on this deadwood proved difficult to manage.
Now though, things are starting to move. Hopefully, these two sales will spark things into life.
The likes of Harry Wilson, Nat Phillips and Xherdan Shaqiri all seem to be finally heading towards the exit door.
As soon as they do, we expect the Reds to move hard for their transfer targets.
We now know that Liverpool are willing to budge on the price tags for their players. While they may not get exactly what they are hoping for, it will be money coming in that can be spent elsewhere.
We think that rumours of moves for a midfielder and a forward to hot up in the next few days and weeks.
The sales of Grujic and Awoniyi are just the push that the club needs.