23 Dec 2015

Offer 'Accepted': Liverpool to 'immediately' sign 'excellent' playmaker after calling '10-times' a day

Multiple reports this week claim that Liverpool have agreed a deal for 'excellent' Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grucic, but if the midfielder's father has anything to do with it, the deal will never be completed.

On Tuesday, the Liverpool Echo claimed:

* 19-year old Grujic has agreed a five-year contract with Liverpool, who will pay a €7m (£5m) transfer fee.

* Red Star have negotiated a 10% sell-on clause, and Grucic, will stay at the club on loan for the rest of the season.

* Klopp 'spoke to Grujic personally' in a bid to seal the deal, and the Serbian will 'fly to Merseyside this week' to undergo a medical.

A day later, a statement on Red Star's website seemingly confirmed the deal:

"The board accepted the offer from Liverpool to pay the money immediately and the player to stay at Red Star until July 2016. The club want to thank Marko Grujic for 10 years of service but the financial situation dictates the decision".

Grucic's father, Goran Grujic, is not happy with the deal, though, and speaking to Serbian newspaper Blic today, he raged:

“I will not let them ruin my child. After calling 10 times a day, they [Liverpool] convinced him to sign a contract. His passport is with me, and I pronounce that Marko is not going anywhere".

I can totally understand Grucic senior's anger, and it's good to see a parent being responsible and refusing to jump on the money-grabbing bandwagon.

Where's the fire? Why does Grucic have to leave at such a young age? If his Dad thinks he's not ready then there's probably an element of truth to that, and if he's that good, then Liverpool will come calling again in the future.

Settling into a a different country/culture is going to be difficult enough, but it'll be even harder if there's bad blood between Grucic and his family, and that could conceivably have a negative impact on the youngster's ability to make it at Anfield.

Author: Jaimie K


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