Liverpool cancel Grujic loan deal, player will remain in England


Liverpool are close to finalising the signing of Serbian central midfielder Marko Grujic.

The highly talented midfielder is expected to complete his £5.1m move to Liverpool later today.

Grujic will be Jurgen Klopp’s first signing since taking over from Brendan Rodgers back in November.

It is understood that the German manager played a key role in convincing the 19-year-old to snub the advances of Inter Milan and Chelsea according to Sky Sports.

Grujic arrived in Liverpool on Sunday evening and has already agreed on a five-year contract with Liverpool.

According to the terms of the deal, Grujic was supposed to return to Serbia for the remainder of the season on loan.

However according to latest reports from the Serbian media, both clubs have agreed to scrap the loan deal and Grujic is expected to join up with the Liverpool squad right away.

This is due to the poor playing conditions in Red Star Belgrade. Liverpool are worried that the player can pick up a serious injury due to the conditions and have now renegotiated the deal.

Despite other offers from Russian clubs, who offered more money than Liverpool, Grujic was insistent on moving to Anfield according to Mirror.

Italian giants Inter Milan looked set to clinch his services before Klopp personally intervened and spoke to the Serbian Under-21 international and convinced him that a move to Anfield is best for him.

The young midfielder is a firm favourite at Red Star and played a key role for Serbia during their FIFA Under-20 World Cup win in June.

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