Liverpool will battle it out with Premier League rivals Chelsea for the signature of prodigal Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic, writes Paul Joyce in the Express.
Grujic is 19-years-old and currently shining for Red Star Belgrade in his homeland.
In fact, on the recommendation of Jurgen Klopp’s Assistant Manager Zeljko Buvac, Liverpool sent scouts to watch Grujic play at the weekend. He scored in a 7-2 demolition of Cukaricki, and our representatives would have no doubt been impressed with what they saw.
Inter Milan and Chelsea are also circling, and the player is apparently a close friend of Nemanja Matic – but perhaps Jose Mourinho’s inability to bring youngsters into the side will put him off.
Joyce reckons Liverpool could sign Grujic for as little as £3m, before loaning him back to his parent club.
The teenager box-to-box midfielder has scored five goals in just 20 Serbian League appearances, and has turned out for his country at every youth level as well.
We don’t know too much about Grjuic, but if he’s available for such a small sum it would hardly represent a transfer risk. The last time we ignored a young, goalscoring central midfielder, Dele Alli signed for Tottenham – and we don’t want to regret losing Grujic to Chelsea or Milan the way Alli is making us regret not signing him now.