Liverpool are reportedly ready to allow Marko Grujic depart the club permanently, but only for a huge fee of around €40million (£34.7million).
The 23-year-old Serbian international was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing for Liverpool when he joined for £5.1million in January 2016, although he was immediately loaned back to former club Red Star Belgrade.
A regular in pre-season campaigns under the German, he has only featured 14 times for the Reds in competitive matches as they’ve chosen instead to let him develop out on loan.
Grujic impressed under Neil Warnock at Cardiff City during the latter half of the 2017/18 campaign, during which he helped the Bluebirds gain promotion to the Premier League and earned a place in Serbia’s 2018 World Cup squad.
Warnock tried to recruit him again for this season, either on loan or on a permanent transfer, but Liverpool instead opted to send him on a temporary spell to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.
His displays in the German capital have been hugely impressive, as he’s scored four goals in 20 appearances and been dubbed “Hertha’s best midfielder for 20 years” by coach and club legend Pal Dardai.
ESPN now report that Grujic is wanted by Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal for next season, although Klopp is seemingly determined to snap up a huge fee in order to aid with his own summer recruitment efforts.