Jurgen Klopp could be on the verge of his first signing, as a £4.3m contract for Serbian midfielder Marco Grujic is rumoured to be all but done.
The 19-year-old midfielder could become the German manager’s first signing for Liverpool after Klopp closely watched him this week, according to The Sun.
Liverpool’s new assistant manager Zeljko Buvan, who also worked with Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, is reportedly has persuaded the new Anfield boss of the Serbian’s talent. And a surprise phone call from the German tactician himself was enough to convince Marco Grujic that Liverpool was the place for him.
Grujic was watched by the Liverpool scouts earlier this month, when the 19-year-old Serbian scored a goal in a 7-2 away victory against Cukaricki which enhanced Red Star’s lead at the summit of the Serbian league table to 19 points. Not only that, after the match Liverpool officials present at the stadium held talks with Grujic, as they tried to lure him to Anfield in January.
However, Chelsea and Manchester United were also interested in Marko Grujic. The Blues even plotted a bid of 2.8 million pound. Italian giants Inter Millan also scouted the 6ft 3in Serbian, who is projected as one of the best potential midfielders in Europe.
Klopp will sign the box-to-box midfielder in January transfer window, but youngster will remain at Red Star Belgrade for the rest of this season.
Red Star Belgrade boss Miodrag Bozovic all but confirmed the report, insisting the club had no other choice to sell Grujic to break into the European transfer market.
He told: “Objectively, only from the sale of players can we work towards the Europa League or the Champions League.”
However, 19-year-old Marco Grujic has represented Serbia at every level from Under-16 to Under-21, except receiving his first full international appearance and it is understood the midfielder will soon be called up for the senior team.
He has also progressed through different ranks at Red Star Belgrade, from the youth squad before breaking into the senior team in 2013 and Since then he has played 30 league matches, scoring five times.
Grujic has already been compared with Liverpool man Emre Can for his amazing age-defying physicality and box-to-box mentality.