Liverpool’s transfer budget could be about to receive a significant boost as Marko Grujic nears the Anfield exit door.
According to well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the 25-year-old midfielder is set to sign for Portuguese giants FC Porto over the coming days after a deal was agreed between the two clubs.
Romano tweeted: “Liverpool are working on their outgoings in order to sign new players in the next weeks. Marko Grujić will be announced as new Porto player – agreement completed. Grujić will sign until June 2026 and wanted to re-join Porto on a long term project, after Sassuolo bid.”
Grujic arrived at Liverpool from boyhood club Red Star Belgrade back in 2016 but has found first team opportunities very limited during his five-and-a-half-year stay on Merseyside. The Serbia international has made just 16 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s charges in all competitions, scoring one goal and providing a single assist.
However, he has enjoyed several relatively successful loan spells away from the 19-time English champions, catching the eye at Cardiff City, Hertha Berlin and Porto.
It was during his time at the Estadio do Dragao where Grujic really found his form, though, and he looks set to make his stay with the Dragons a permanent one.
News of the Serbian beast’s imminent exit will surely leave Klopp on cloud nine, as the German has only been able to bring in Ibrahima Konate so far this summer due to financial restrictions. The financial impact of the ongoing pandemic has severely limited the Reds’ budget, with the club expected to rely on player sales to fund any further purchases.
With reports claiming that Grujic’s sale will bank Liverpool a guaranteed £10.5m while also including a 10% sell-on clause, Klopp is set to receive a welcome boost to his coffers.
After the departure of Gini Wijnaldum, a new central midfielder is thought to be high up on the former Borussia Dortmund boss’s wish list. Several star names such as Nicolo Barella, Saul Niguez and Renato Sanches have been heavily linked in recent weeks, and Klopp may now be finally ready to make his move.