Liverpool have reportedly held talks with Marko Grujic of Red Star Belgrade, according to a report from Serbian media outlet Zurnal.
Grujic was watched by the Liverpool scouts on Sunday, 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.
The report says, 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.
The report also revealed, after the meeting the Merseyside outfit confirmed they will submit a formal offer in the upcoming transfer window for the promising midfielder who has played for the Under-21 Serbia team and the offer seems to be anything less than £3.6 million, which the Red Star demands in return.
Liverpool have definitely seen something unique in Grujic which eventually turned him into a potential transfer target, and having already started talks with the 19-year-old starlet proves Jurgen Klopp is trying to win ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea.
However, two other clubs have also shown interest in Grujic, as the Daily Mail claiming that Everton and Scottish champions Celtic are targeting the midfielder in recent weeks.
Grujic is very highly rated in Serbia, and is projected as one of the best potential midfielders in Europe. The young lad happens to be a product of the Red Star youth academy. He is also termed as the new Matic for his similar built and height of 6 ft 3 in. Seeing how the academy players aren’t really given a chance at Chelsea, Grujic would find it difficult to make a spot in the starting XI at his first spell if he moves to Chelsea, so Liverpool will be high in hope to tempt the youngster.
Although, the presence of Inter Milan in the race could become a stumbling block after Grujic admitted his interest in a move.
He told FCInternews, “Inter are a top club, with many Balkan players.
“I’d love to wear the Inter Milan shirt one day, but for the immediate future though, I’d prefer to stay at Red Star, finish the year here, and win the League. Serie A? It’s a great League, with stadiums always full of fans. There are a lot of my compatriots there, so it would be even easier for me to adapt.”