Porto has signed midfielder Marko Grujic on a permanent deal from Liverpool. The 2020/21 season was Grujic’s first loan season with the Portuguese side, where he played 39 games and scored two goals.
In their statement on the club’s website confirming the 25-year-old’s departure, Liverpool said: “Everyone at Liverpool FC thanks Marko for his contributions to the club and wishes him the best in his future career.”
An estimate put Liverpool’s value on Grujic – who was part of their pre-season training camp in Austria – at around £13m. A number of the Serie A clubs were looking at Grujic this summer, including Sassuolo in light of midfielder Manuel Locatelli leaving the club with Arsenal and Juventus reported being in a race to sign the Italian midfielder.
The Serbia international was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing after replacing Brendan Rodgers as manager at Liverpool. The Merseyside club signed him in January 2016 and he arrived at Anfield later that year from Serbian club Red Star Belgrade. The midfielder, however, never got into Klopp’s first team and appeared in just 16 games for the Reds during his five years at the English club. It was instead on loans that Grujic spent much of his time, including time with Hertha Berlin and Cardiff respectively, as well as Porto.