Marko Grujic is expected to leave Liverpool for Portuguese side Porto over the next week as the two sides agreed a fee, according to reports.
The 25-year-old has made just 16 appearances for the Reds since arriving from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016, having been sent out on an odyssey of loans.
Last season, Grujic was at Porto, but he has also been borrowed by Hertha Berlin, Cardiff City, and former club Red Star in years gone by.
After a disappointing start to the campaign, Grujic’s form began to improve at the Estadio do Dragao, leading Porto to consider a permanent move for the Liverpool man.
They see him as an ideal replacement for Sergio Oliveira, who is expected to leave this summer, with Serie A giants Juventus understood to be interested.
There were reports that Liverpool wanted as much as €17m while Porto were only looking to pay €10m for Grujic.
And now it seems the two clubs have come to an agreement somewhere in the middle with A Bola (via Sport Witness) claiming a fee around €13m has been settled on.
Porto aren’t the only team after Grujic but a return to the Estadio do Dragao on a permanent basis is closer ‘than ever before’ and the deal ‘should be shaped over the course of the next week’.
Liverpool have already signed Ibrahima Konate over the summer but former midfielder John Barnes thinks they can afford to save the rest of their money this summer.
Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “Liverpool being cash strapped because of Covid-19 may not be an issue this summer. If they don’t lose any players through injury or transfers, they don’t need to sign anyone.
“They brought in Diogo Jota and Thiago last season and signed Ibrahima Konate. Plus, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are coming back. Liverpool know their best players, so they don’t need to make signings or to promote from within, unless they get into an injury situation like last season.
“There will be the odd occasion when players like Harry Wilson and Harvey Elliott need to come into the side, as Nat Phillips and Neco Williams did this season. If they are playing for three months that’s probably not what you want, but two or three games is manageable.”