Liverpool’s Marko Grujic has transfer options – Sunday Times

The Times is today reporting that Liverpool are in negotiations with Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt over a season-long loan for Marko Grujic.

Frankfurt’s deal for Grujic is said to include a loan fee and a penalty clause, meaning if Grujic does not play enough, Frankfurt would have to pay out.

A number of Championship and La Liga clubs are also said to be interested in the Serbian.

Grujic’s time at Liverpool

Grujic arrived at Liverpool in January of 2016 from Serbian side Red Star Belgrade for a fee of around £6.3 million.

Before transferring to Anfield, Grujic played 41 games for Red Star, in which he scored six and assisted one.

Since joining Liverpool Grujic has made just 14 appearances for their first side, in which he assisted one.

Grujic also spent the second half of last season out on loan at Cardiff.

The 22-year-old helped guide Cardiff to promotion from the Championship.

Cardiff were said to be keen on resigning Grujic, however, they failed in their attempt to do so.

BURY, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Naby Keita of Liverpool in action during a pre-season friendly match between Bury and Liverpool at Gigg Lane on July 14, 2018 in Bury, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Grujic’s competition

The Premier League transfer/loan window is also now shut, meaning Grujic’s only options are abroad or in the Championship.

Given Liverpool’s stiff competition for places in central midfield this season, it is likely the Serbian will want to peruse a loan move to either the Championship or out of England.

After Liverpool failed to win the Champions League and Premier League last season, the Reds knew they needed to splash the cash in order to add some much-needed depth to their squad.

This is exactly what Liverpool did. They spent over £150 million this summer to bring in four players.

Two of which, Naby Keita and Fabinho are central midfielders.

Both players cost Liverpool a fair bit and given their quality, it is unlikely Grujic would be able to force them out of the first team.

Grujic would also have to compete with the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum.

So, a loan move does probably look the best for the Serbian at this point.

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