Liverpool transfer news: Marko Grujic joins Porto

Liverpool have confirmed that Marko Grujic has joined Porto on a permanent basis after spending last season on loan for the Portuguese kit.

Serbia’s international moved to Anfield in 2016, with Jurgen Klopp fighting against a number of Europe’s best sides including Juventus, Chelsea and both Milan clubs to make Grujic his first signing since being appointed Liverpool boss.

Marko Grujic has completed a permanent transfer to @FCPorto.

Everyone at #LFC thanks Marko for his contribution to the club and wishes him the best for the future?

– Liverpool FC (@LFC) 20 July 2021

After failing to establish himself as a first team regularly on Merseyside, Grujic was sent on loan to Cardiff in January 2018 before spending the following two seasons at Hertha Berlin.

The 25-year-old once again found himself looking for a temporary move last season in an attempt to play first-team football, and after impressing during his loan spell at Porto, Liverpool have now taken to their official website to confirm that he joined in the club permanently.

“Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has today sealed a permanent move to FC Porto,” the statement read. “Serbia’s international returns to the Portuguese club after playing 39 games and scoring two goals in a loan period of 2020/21.

“Grujic was Jürgen Klopp’s first signing as Reds manager when he agreed to switch to Anfield from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016 before arriving later that year. He played eight games during his debut season with Liverpool and six until 2017 / 18 and then joined Cardiff City on loan during the second half of the campaign.

“Two productive seasons with Hertha BSC followed when Grujic enjoyed regular playing time in the Bundesliga. He was involved in two League Cup ties for the Reds in the early stages of last season and scored his first goal for the club in the 7-2 victory. Lincoln City, before his transfer to Porto.

“Grujic joined Klopp’s squad for this month’s pre – season training camp in Austria and will now say goodbye to making contact with Porto permanently. Everyone at Liverpool FC thanks Marko for his contribution to the club and wishes him the best in his future career. . “

While Liverpool have not provided details on how much money the sale of Grujic will generate, it is understood that a fee of £ 10.5 million will be paid by Porto for midfield services – money Klopp will no doubt be interested in reinvesting in the squad this summer.

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