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Red Star accept Liverpool's £5.1m offer for Grujic

By Staff Reporter

Published 24/12/2015

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Red Star Belgrade have announced they have accepted a £5.1million bid from Liverpool for their teenage midfielder Marko Grujic.

The Serbian club claimed to have received three offers for the 19-year-old, from Belgian club Anderlecht, German side Stuttgart and the Barclays Premier League Reds.

In a statement posted on their official website they revealed they had "unanimously accepted the offer of the English giants", and had agreed a package that would see Grujic remain with them on loan until the summer.

Red Star said: "The board considered the offer and unanimously accepted the offer of the English giants. Liverpool will pay the money immediately, and the player would stay in Red Star until 01/07/2016."

Grujic came through the academy system at Red Star and has represented Serbia at various levels, although he is yet to earn his first senior cap.

He could become Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's first signing at Anfield after the German took the reins in October, and Red Star insist the financial issues at the club meant they had to accept the Reds' offer for Grujic.

The Serbian club, for whom the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Dejan Stankovic and Nikola Zigic have all played, nearly went out of business 18 months ago and expect the sale of Grujic to ease their financial concerns.

As well as negotiating a 10 per cent sell-on fee, Red Star also revealed they met Grujic's father's wish to see him stay in Belgrade on a loan deal until the summer.

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