Marko Grujic's father says he'll block transfer to Liverpool

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There's some strange quotes coming out of Serbia this morning from the father of Liverpool target Marko Grujic.

A deal for the Red Star Belgrade youngster appears to be close to completion, with Sky Sports reporting this morning that the Serbian club have accepted a £5.1 million offer from Liverpool.

That offer is said to include a £730,000 return fee for the 19-year-old to stay with his current club for the remainder of the season - but now it seems as though the whole deal could be in jeopardy.

Grujic's father, Goran, has claimed however that his son is being sold against his will in order to keep Red Star in business, and that he's been pressured into the move.

He also claims that he is in possession of his son's passport, and will hold up the move by not allowing him to leave the country.

Goran is quoted as saying by Serbian paper Blic: "I won't allow them to destroy my boy!

"I'm speaking about people who are in charge of the club (Red Star Belgrade). Everyone turned their back on them, as they've spent all the money the club has had, and they see a solution in Marko's transfer.

"That's why there's so much pressure on him. Ten times per day they are calling him by phone, urging him to sign a contract. There are (their) stories in Serbian media, like ''Gerrard's No 8 is waiting for him'', or ''Klopp called him by phone'', ''millions here, millions there''.

Grujic was part of Serbia's U20 World Cup winning squad, and was reportedly due on Merseyside for a medical on Wednesday.

"There's also pressure in (the) Red Star dressing room, as it seems that (people from the management) convinced players, who are waiting for their salaries, that their payments depend on Marko's transfer," Goran continued.

"I mean, which club is willing to pay six million Euros, and then to say ''Look, kid, come when you want''? Nope, if Liverpool FC is seriously counting on him, they'll tell him ''Start of training camp in January on this day, at that hour, we're expecting you''. And, what kind of combination is that?

'The club is paying for him seven million Euros, but then leave him on loan and that loan costs one million!? Really, I'm starting to think I should call the police to tell them everything about this pressure.'

He added: 'Did we speak with Liverpool? Look, we had chat with people from Udinese, and then guys from Anderlecht also came. But, there was no conversation about transfer, they just wanted to see what kind of kid Marko is, what's his way of thinking. And, that was all, just chat.

"Then, suddenly came that story about Liverpool... All I can say is that the passports are with me, and I can guarantee that Marko is not leaving, he's not going anywhere.

"He became world champion, he's on his way to win a title with Red Star, it's logical that his price will be bigger in summer 2016. But, there are so many people that want this transfer to go earlier, to get money. All of this is packaged as a beautiful strawberries and cream for Marko because she was still a child. But the reality is different.

"I know that coach Miodrag Bozovic has respect for my son, but I told director Zvezdan Terzic openly - leave my kid alone. And, as of Liverpool's offer, I'm sure there will be bigger than this one. Let him win the title with Red Star first.'

Liverpool are expected to be active in the January window as new boss Jurgen Klopp looks to mould his squad, although whether Grujic will be his first signing or not now hangs in the balance.

Which players do you think Liverpool should sign in the January window?

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Steven Gerrard
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