Date published: Wednesday 7th October 2020 7:23
Liverpool have allowed midfielder Marko Grujic to leave on a season-long loan deal – and he’ll be joined in Portugal by a West Ham star.
The Reds had tried to find a buyer for the midfielder ahead of the transfer deadline – but his £18m price-tag priced out his suitors.
Borussia Monchengladbach had been keen to bring the 24-year-old back to the Bundesliga for a third season.
Southampton and West Ham both also registered initial interest in a season-long loan deal for the Serbian. However that interest did not progress once Liverpool made it clear they wanted a cash sale only.
However, serious talks were held with Werder Bremen over the weekend over a potential deal.
As per Bild, Bremen were looking to land Grujic by signing him on an initial loan with an obligation to buy next summer.
That arrangement would have been accepted by Liverpool. However, once again the €20m asking price proved an issue.
It all left Liverpool with a bit of an issue to solve. Thankfully for all, a deal has now been struck with FC Porto.
However, in something of a climbdown for Liverpool, they have been forced to accept a loan deal for Grujic.
In Portugal, the market remains open, hence their ability to snare Grujic on a season-long loan.
The move looks a good one for Grujic, with Porto in the Champions League. They were paired with Manchester City, Olympiacos and Marseille.
Grujic, has made two appearances in the EFL Cup for Liverpool this season. However, he hasn’t made the squad for any of their four Premier League games so far.
Felipe Anderson, Malang Sarr make same move
Porto have also signed defender Malang Sarr on a season’s loan from Chelsea.
Chelsea snapped up Sarr as a free agent after his contract expired at Nice over the summer. The Blues made no secret of their plans to loan him out immediately after confirming his arrival.
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) October 6, 2020
When Chelsea originally signed Sarr, director Marina Granovskaia said: “The opportunity to sign Malang was one we could not miss.
“He is a tremendous prospect and we will be monitoring him closely during his loan period. We are very happy to welcome him to the club today.”
The pair will also be joined at the Estadio do Dragao by West Ham playmaker Felipe Anderson.
Anderson joined West Ham in 2018, but only made 25 Premier League appearances last season. He has not started any of their league matches this term.
Having fallen out of favour with David Moyes, the Brazilian also joins Porto on a season-long loan, as revealed earlier this week.
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