Liverpool set unthinkable price for Atletico Madrid target Grujic

Date published: Tuesday 23rd April 2019 12:44

Liverpool will reportedly ask for an incredible fee for midfielder Marko Grujic, following interest from Atletico Madrid as they aim to replace the in-demand Rodri.

Grujic has been outstanding during his loan spell at Hertha Berlin, becoming a firm favourite with the fans at the Olympiastadion.

The Serbian has expressed a desire to stay at the Bundesliga club beyond the end of the current campaign, although it remains to be seen if he has a long-term future at Anfield.

Reports on Tuesday claim that Hertha are not the only club keen on the 23-year-old, with the Telegraph stating that Atletico are considering Grujic as a replacement for £60million Man City target Rodri.

The Merseysiders, however, are believed to value the player at a whopping €40million (£34.6m), which would make him the fifth-most expensive sale in the club’s history – just ahead of former striker Christian Benteke (£32m).

At this stage, it’s unclear whether the LaLiga giants will be put off that figure – having already spent €60m to sign Thomas Lemar last summer and €65m on Diego Costa’s return a year earlier.

Liverpool appear to have gotten good value for their fringe stars in recent windows, with sporting director Michael Edwards raking in £32m for Benteke, while Danny Ings (£20m), Dominic Solanke (£19m), Jordon Ibe (£15m), Danny Ward (£12.5m) and Brad Smith (£6m) have all been sold for relatively high fees.

 

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