Man United ‘make inquiry for Porto’s former Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic’
Man United ‘make inquiry for Porto midfielder Marko Grujic’… but the former Liverpool man – who spent five years at Anfield – ‘could snub a move to Old Trafford because of the rivalry between the Premier League giants’
Manchester United are believed to have made an initial approach for Porto’s Marko Grujic, as per Serbian outlet Telegraf, but could face issues persuading him to join due to his five-year association with Liverpool,
Grujic has impressed several European clubs at the heart of the Portuguese side’s midfield, with the Serbian the subject of initial approaches from two sides according to reports.
The Serbian outlet further claims that both United and reigning Serie A champions AC Milan have made approaches.
The midfielder joined Porto in 2022 for a £10.25million fee, having spent the previous two seasons on loan from Liverpool, who he joined in 2016.
And as a result of his allegiances to the Reds, it is thought that he could turn down the Red Devils’ advances, given the historic rivalry between two of English football’s most successful club sides.
Erik ten Hag is reportedly keen on a move for Porto’s Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic this summer
Grujic is thought to have been the subject of an approach from both Manchester United and AC Milan
The Serbian midfielder has become one of the Portuguese side’s leading players, with their only three league defeats coming when Grujic is out the side.
He has also shown versatility this season, having featured at right-midfield, centre-midfield and defensive-midfield throughout the campaign.
The 26-year-old has only a single goal and assist in 30 games in all competitions, but Ten Hag is reportedly keen on the player as he continues to rebuild his Man United squad.
Grujic made only 16 senior appearances for Liverpool, scoring and assisting once each, in a spell that saw him spend the vast majority of his time on loan.
However, he insisted in an interview with The Athletic that his time at Anfield was successful for the ‘experience’ that he gained.
‘I would say my career at Liverpool was successful,’ the midfielder told The Athletic in 2021.
‘OK, not in terms of games played or what I achieved for the club, but I certainly left Liverpool as a much better player than when I first arrived.
Grujic managed only 16 senior appearances for Liverpool despite spending five years on the books
‘The coaching staff helped my development and so did the loan spells I had in terms of gaining more experience.
‘I learned so much from the senior players at Liverpool about the sacrifices you have to make off the pitch to fulfil your full potential. That professionalism and dedication in terms of how you should live your life is something I certainly took with me.
‘I’ll stick to that for the rest of my career. Of course, I would have loved to play more but I’ll always be grateful for the education I got at Liverpool.’
Since the start of the Premier League in 1992-93, only two players have ever featured for both sides – Michael Owen and Paul Ince.
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