Liverpool have agreed a deal to sell midfielder Marko Grujic to Porto and pass Taiwo Awoniyi to Union Berlin, in a boost to their summer transfer plans.
The two players both spent last season on loan from their respective buyers, and although both returned to Liverpool for the pre-season, it was always expected that they would eventually be sold back.
Awoniyi returns to Union Berlin / Maja Hitij / Getty Images
That is exactly what has happened when BBC Sport states that deals have been made to sell the two players, with Grujic raising £ 10.5 million and Awoniyi generating £ 6.5 million.
Liverpool have also negotiated 10% sales clauses for both players in hopes of adding to their earnings somewhere further.
Grujic was the first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era when he joined Red Star Belgrade in a deal worth £ 5.1 million in 2016. After spending six months on loan at the Serbian side, the midfielder managed 21 games for Liverpool, instead spending he more time away with Cardiff City, Hertha BSC and Porto.
As for Awoniyi, the young forward from the Nigerian side joined the Imperial Academy in 2015 but struggled to get a work permit and has since spent time on loan across Europe.
Relief of the two wingers has added a cool 17 million pounds to Liverpool’s transfer pot, but the sale cannot be made there as midfielder Nat Phillips is also strongly linked to a move from Anfield.
As noted by talkSPORT, Phillips has been lined up by Brighton to replace Arsenal-bound Ben White, who will cost the Gunners £ 50m.
Brighton looks at Phillips / Visionhaus / Getty Images
Phillips, who is valued at almost 15 million pounds, impressed in Liverpool’s first team last season but is expected to fall into the pick order after the return of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Instead of moving him to the bench, Liverpool are keen to take advantage of his high stakes by downloading him this summer.
Elsewhere, Fulham are the latest club linked to red star Harry Wilson, who has a price tag of £ 15 million.