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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic would clearly welcome Liverpool star Marko Grujic at Lazio

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic would clearly welcome Liverpool star Marko Grujic at Lazio

The Serbian pair have come through the ranks together at international level.

Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has new suitors with Lazio reportedly keen on the current Hertha Berlin loanee. 

There has been talk recently of Grujic potentially getting a shot at Liverpool, after some impressive displays in the German capital. 

However, Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Grujic is now potentially available for a fee in the region of €12 million (£10.7m) and that Lazio are keen. The Italian side is not interested in a potential loan deal for the player and are instead hoping to secure his permanent sale, which Liverpool are said to be open to. 

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One of the immediate responses to this news is the suggestion that Grujic might in fact be a potential long-term replacement for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has long been linked with moves to some of Europe’s elite clubs. Indeed, a recent report Goal suggested that Lazio could be open to the player’s sale, if anyone can meet his massive £89 million price-tag. 

Well it turns out that the Lazio man is in fact a big fan of his countryman. The dup have come up through the international ranks together and play in similar positions with similar attributes. 

Despite that, speaking to Mediaset in 2018, as relayed by the Liverpool ECHO, Milinkovic-Savic made it clear there could be room for both players at the Stadio Olimpico. 

 

“I told him that if he goes to Rome (to join Lazio), he will be fine.

“I’ll leave the shirt and the locker directly to him? Hey, I didn’t say I’m leaving Lazio.”

There is some confusion regarding Liverpool’s plans for Grujic, with some suggesting he might be in with a chance of getting a second chance in the first-team at Liverpool amid the club’s reduced transfer budget this summer. 

Jurgen Klopp remains a big fan of the player, who he called a ‘big talent’, as reported by the Express, when he made the Serbian his first transfer as Anfield boss. 

Lazio could represent a good move for the player and it is clear one man would be ready to welcome him with open arms.

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