Red Star Belgrade’s highly-rated midfielder Marko Grujic will become Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager after the Serbia Under-21 international agreed a five-year deal with the Reds.
This is according to the Liverpool Echo, who understand the 19-year-old will fly to Merseyside this week in order to undergo a medical before completing his transfer.
Liverpool will pay Red Star €7 million (£5 million) for the talented teenager, who will return to his current employers on loan until the end of the season. The Reds will receive €1 million (£730,000) back as a loan fee while Red Star have also successfully negotiated a 10 per cent sell-on clause.
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Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s chief executive, flew out to Belgrade last week to complete the deal.
The Merseyside outfit have fended off competition from the likes of Chelsea and Inter Milan to secure the services of Grujic, who was won over by Liverpool following a personal conversation with Klopp.
Manchester United were also linked with the youngster earlier this season and had scouts run the rule over the 6ft 3in midfielder during a couple of matches in the Serbian Super Liga.
Exciting coup for Liverpool
A signing for the future, Grujic will arrive at Anfield next summer to provide additional competition for the likes of James Milner, Emre Can and captain Jordan Henderson.
Klopp may call on Lazar Markovic, who is on loan with Fenerbahce until the end of the season, to provide support for his compatriot Grujic when he returns to Liverpool next summer.
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