Marko Grujic faces uncertain Liverpool future as Porto cannot afford £17.2m transfer
According to A Bola, Marko Grujic faces an uncertain future upon his return to Anfield this summer as FC Porto cannot afford to meet Liverpool’s demands to turn his loan permanent.
Grujic moved to the Estadio do Dragao on a season-long deal in October that does not include an option to buy the midfielder (BBC), but was considered an attractive proposition for the Serbian to play European football.
He has since established a frequent role under head coach Sergio Conceicao, with 37 appearances across all competitions and played both Champions League quarter-final ties with Chelsea after helping to eliminate Juventus in the Last 16.
Grujic’s ability to adapt to Conceicao’s philosophy and progress shown over the course of the season has now raised the potential for Porto to explore a deal to keep the 25-year-old beyond the summer, although Liverpool’s asking price is beyond their maximum offer.
The Reds do not consider Grujic’s future to be at Anfield but hope to raise €20million (£17.2m) through his sale, as the 10-cap international’s time in Portugal has increased his market value despite only scoring his first and only goal for the Dragoes last month.
Porto intend to explore their chances of retaining the holding midfielder for another season in a deal that will carry an option to buy Grujic next summer, should Conceicao deem him to have an important role to play in the club’s future.
Conceicao has been awash with praise for Grujic at times this season, telling TVI24 in December: “He is a player with enormous potential. At the height and physical capacity he has, he is a technically strong player in both the short and long passes.”
With Liverpool not thought to consider Grujic’s future to be at Anfield, the Serbian will face an uncertain summer once his Porto loan expires unless the Merseyside outfit agree to send him back to the Estadio do Dragao on a deal that carries a purchase clause.
The Reds may not be overly keen on that idea, however, as it may not offer any assurances of selling Grujic will his stock has risen to circa £17m, and could be forced to accept lesser bids in a year’s time if his second season in the Liga NOS is less fruitful than his first.
So, if Porto cannot agree to the clause being an obligation, Liverpool would be wise to hold fire on deciding Grujic’s future before testing the waters to see if other offers can first be secured that would raise funds that can be immediately invested in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
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