New fee quoted, but Liverpool could thwart star’s exit over cheeky proposal

Date published: Wednesday 9th June 2021 1:46 - Jonny Whitfield

Marko Grujic, Divock Origi Liverpool at Lincoln

Liverpool could reportedly stop Marko Grujic from signing permanently for Porto if the Portuguese club follow through with an alternative proposal.

The Serbian midfielder is one of several players who make up the Reds’ list of potential summer transfer exits. Striker Divock Origi is also reportedly on a list of 12 players who sporting director Michael Edwards is willing to offload. Indeed, Liverpool have a recent history of only spending money earned through sales.

Grujic is one player who looks unlikely to have a future under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. In fact, reports last week claimed that Klopp has sanctioned his £12million exit.

According to The Athletic, however, Liverpool are ‘increasingly confident’ that they can earn £15million from his sale.

Furthermore, Porto – who enjoyed Grujic’s services on loan last season – remain the favourites to sign him.

But they are flirting with the idea of asking for another temporary deal. As a result, Liverpool could pull the plug on Grujic’s move to Portugal as they intend to make £60million from summer sales.

Nevertheless, the 25-year-old has further interest from clubs in the Bundesliga and Serie A.

But given Grujic enjoyed life playing in the Champions League with Porto, he may not want to return to – for example – Hertha Berlin, where there is no European action to look forward to.

The midfielder spent two seasons at the German club in 2018/19 and 2019/20, respectively.

Grujic, who has 11 Serbia caps to his name – arrived back at Liverpool last summer looking forward to his future.

He revealed in January that the club told him he had become a “more mature” footballer.

But while he hoped he might get a role, Grujic “didn’t want to gamble” after seeing Thiago Alcantara arrive. In the end, he may have got game time given Thiago and a host of other midfielder’s injuries.

Liverpool linked with striker transfer

As for arrivals for Klopp, attack is looking like a key area given the uncertainty over Origi.

According to a report, Liverpool are close to wrapping up a deal for RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka.

Both West Ham and the Reds have been linked with the 22-year-old who has been scoring goals for fun. The Zambia international has smashed in 68 goals and assisted a further 27 during his four years in Austria.

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