FC Porto are reportedly set to splash the cash to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic amid claims they’d need to sell to sign Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.
The Portuguese club have been extensively linked with Alfie all summer amid reports they wanted to spend between £10m and £13m on the Colombian.
However, it has been widely reported that Rangers value the striker between £15m and £20m with Porto said to be unwilling to budge.
Now, reports are claiming that they’re set to spend a sizeable £10.5m on Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic, 25, in order to take him from Liverpool [Goal].
Grujic was the first signing of the Jurgen Klopp era at Liverpool, joining on a £5m deal from Red Star Belgrade in 2016.
However – despite being highly rated within Anfield – Grujic only managed 16 appearances at Liverpool and spent a series of spells out on loan.
These included to Cardiff City, two seasons at Hertha Berlin and most recently, a year with FC Porto, who Grujic has convinced to part ways with a sizeable sum for.
So what does this mean for Alfredo Morelos?
Well the main takeaway concerns claims from earlier in the summer that FC Porto would need to sell to raise transfer funds for the Colombian.
Marca claimed that the funds to “unlock” the move for El Bufalo could depend on a Liverpool move for £34m rated Porto winger Otavio.
However, given Grujic has now gone the other way, it’s not clear if this interest is still substantial as it may well have formed part of a swap deal. Of course, that is purely conjecture.
Another thing to look at is the transfer fee. Porto as a general do business around the €10m mark before selling players on for a substantial profit.
If they were to meet Rangers’ reported £20m demands for Alfie, the €23m would be a club record transfer fee, pipping the €20m spent on Gianni Imbula in 2015 and Oliver Torres in 2017.
Does that mean they won’t be moving for Morelos? Who knows, but they certainly don’t appear eager to deal at our asking price.
Liverpool seem to be doing alright for themselves with regards their fringe players too after one who recently linked to Ibrox signed a £6.5m deal in Germany.