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Rumour Mongering: FC Porto Accelerate Plans to Sign Marko Grujic

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The 25-year-old Liverpool midfielder could return to Portugal on a permanent deal this summer.

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Marko Grujic was signed by Liverpool in January of 2016, becoming the first signig of the Jürgen Klopp era. Hopes were high that the young Serbian would have a key role to play in the future at the club. That hasn’t quite gone to plan.

Last summer, after four-and-a-half seasons on the club’s books—including loans back to Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, to Cardiff City in the Championship, and to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga—Liverpool sought a new permanent home for Grujic.

When a pandemic-depressed market meant no club was able to match their valuation, he joined FC Porto at the close of the transfer window on loan. Now, Liverpool are gain trying to find him a permanent home, and Porto seem favourites.

There has been plenty of chatter since the season ended the Primeira Liga club would like Grujic back, though there have been questions over their finances and his £15M price tag. Still, today Portuguese reports claim they plan to push ahead.

That’s the story from Record, in any case, who say Porto plan to accelerate plans to sign Grujic with Liverpool having signalled the player is surplus to requirements. Elsewhere, Hertha would also likely be interested for the right price.

Regardless the truth of the matter, it seems certain an early resolution would be best for all parties, allowing Grujic a full pre-season with whichever club he joins and giving Liverpool time to reinvest any profit in the transfer market.