Reports from Serbia claim that Liverpool have agreed a deal worth around £4.3 million with Red Star Belgrade for midfielder Marko Grujic.
The 19-year-old has emerged as a possible target for the Reds following Jurgen Klopp‘s arrival in October, with Bosnian-Serb assistant Zeljko Buvac believed to have played a key role in identifying his fellow Balkan.
Producing a consistent run of top-level performances in the middle of the park for Red Star, and this has seen the Reds firm up their interest.
That is according to Serbian publication Mondo, who cite reports from Belgrade that claim Liverpool have agreed a deal worth around £4.3 million to sign the Serbia U21s international.
This would see Grujic remain with Red Star for the remainder of the season, with the midfielder keen to secure Champions League qualification for his current club.
For Red Star, this is something of a foregone conclusion, with the Belgrade outfit currently 22 points clear at the top of the Serbian SuperLiga table, and Grujic’s strong, physical performances have been key to their success.
Red Star manager Miodrag Bozovic has alluded to the sale of Grujic as imperative to help his side progress in the future, with a move to Liverpool providing significant financial benefits.
It is, however, important to clarify that these reports are as yet unconfirmed.
Word from widespread English media suggests that a deal is yet to be agreed between the two clubs, with the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce claiming that talks are “ongoing.”
“Klopp is a big admirer of Grujic, who is currently weighing up his options, and his progress has also been closely monitored by Reds assistant manager and fellow countryman Zeljko Buvac,” Pearce writes.
“Grujic’s parents have expressed concerns about the manner in which Serbian duo Milan Jovanovic and Lazar Markovic both struggled to adjust to life at Anfield.
“But Liverpool are hoping that the chance to play under Klopp, who has a proven track record of developing exciting young players with potential, will convince him to head for Anfield.”
Grujic would be an shrewd addition to Klopp’s fledgling squad, and while reports closer to home indicate that a deal is yet to be agreed, there is a measure of no smoke without fire with these links.
With Grujic such a left-field target, it is unlikely that these reports are pure fabrication.