7 Jan 2016

Done Deal #2: Liverpool sign 'highly-rated' Euro starlet who rejected Manchester United. £250k fee

It's all go in the transfer market for Liverpool! Well, not really. The Reds are desperate for players to improve the team (and alleviate the club's injury crisis), and when the club isn't being linked with perpetual sicknotes, Jurgen Klopp is signing players who won't even feature in the first team this season.

On Wednesday, Liverpool confirmed the signing of Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grucic (who won't feature for the club until next season at the earliest)

According to The Guardian today:

"Liverpool sign teenage Polish keeper Kamil Grabara from Ruch Chorzow. The highly-rated 17-year old had trials with Manchester United and Manchester City but has agreed a move to Anfield for an initial £250,000".

Some info about Grabara:

* Polish youth international. Spent 12 years at Ruch Chorzow, and most recently featured for the club's U19s.

* Grabara is a doppelganger for Brad Jones, but hopefully he'll develop into a better all-round goalkeeper (!)

I've tried to resist the urge to outline the reality facing Grabara, but here it is:

No academy goalkeeper (of any nationality) has ever become a first-team regular for Liverpool. It's never happened, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

In my view, Grabara would've been better off staying at Ruch Chorzow, but money talks, and I'm sure Liverpool have bought Grabara and his family off with houses, cars, and bag-loads of cash.

Good luck, Kamil; you're going to need it.

Author: Jaimie K


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