Liverpool have already secured two midfielders for the coming season, with Naby Keïta signed on a delayed deal last year and Fabinho brought in two days after the Champions League final. Even with the deal for Nabil Fekir falling through, a third is expected.
The idea is to create depth by signing players who have a shot at pushing last year’s starters—who took Liverpool to a Champions League final—to the bench. And it’s going to make it very, very difficult for 22-year-old Serbian international Marko Grujic to break through.
It’s perhaps not surprising, then, to have seen his name begin to be linked with other clubs, and after a smattering of bottom half Premier League sides, today there’s another, bigger name reportedly joining the mix and eyeing a permanent deal: Serie A side Lazio.
According to reports in Italy that have since been picked up by outlets in England, Lazio are looking at Grujic to replace Sergej Milinković-Savić, who many expect to depart in a big money transfer this summer. Rumours of a £5M bid, though, are cause for skepticism.
In the current market, Grujic’s promise along with an impressive loan spell with Cardiff last year that earned him a place in the Serbia squad for the World Cup—where he’s expected to at least see minutes off the bench—all add up to a player worth more than £5M.
Throw in that Lazio expect an £80M-plus windfall for Milinković-Savić and it’s nearly enough to dismiss talk of Grujic to the Serie A side out of hand. With it difficult to see where he fits at Liverpool, though, it seems far from certain he’ll still be at Anfield next season.