Sergjej Milinkovic-Savic has opened the door for Liverpool’s Marko Grujic to join him at Lazio next season.
The midfielder is expected to leave Anfield again this summer having spent the second-half of last season on loan with newly-promoted Cardiff City.
A largely successful spell with the Bluebirds entailed 14 appearances and a valuable opportunity for the Serbian to enhance his tactical discipline and decision-making under Neil Warnock.
Grujic has since been heavily linked with a return to the Welsh side on a temporary basis, although Lazio have also expressed an interest in signing him on a permanent deal.
International teammate Milinkovic-Savic has responded to those links by inviting the 22-year-old to link up with him in Italy.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “I told him that if he goes to Rome (to join Lazio), he will be fine,” per the Liverpool Echo.
“I’ll leave the shirt and the locker directly to him? Hey, I didn’t say I’m leaving Lazio.”
A move to Lazio wouldn’t necessarily mean a chance to play alongside Milinkovic-Savic given interest in the 23-year-old from the likes of Manchester United and Juventus.
The arrival of Fabinho and Naby Keita at Anfield has somewhat restricted Grujic’s route to Jurgen Klopp’s starting lineup, highlighting another loan move as the logical option.
Cardiff would undoubtedly be the preferred destination out of the two for Liverpool given the prospect of Premier League experience.
Though Warnock’s direct style of play often bypassed Grujic at times last season, it did preview an important learning curve as far as his positional play and maturity both with and without the ball is concerned.
At this stage, Liverpool won’t be keen on losing Grujic permanently without seeing what he is capable of in England’s top tier.