By Matt Farr
Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has emerged as a summer transfer target for Dinamo Zagreb.
Dinamo Zagreb’s Zdravko Mamic, who is an advisor at the Croatian club after leaving his post as director, has told news outlet Blicsport that he wants to sign Grujic on loan this summer.
Mamic has turned his attention to Grujic after failing in a £5million bid for fellow Serbia youngster Andrija Zivkovic.
He told Blicsport: “I wanted to bring in five million Andrija Zivkovic, I failed, and I am now trying to get Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic on loan.”
After signing for Liverpool just over a year ago, the Reds immediately shipped Grujic back out on loan to Red Star Belgrade to retain his regular first team football.
However, despite appearing an important part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans at the start of the season, Grujic has struggled for regular action, and has since been struck down with a hamstring injury.
The youngster is making excellent progress and could return to action for the first team before the end of the season, having been sidelined since November.
He made an hour-long appearance for the Liverpool Under-23 side against Reading a week ago, in a bid to regain his match fitness.
The 20-year-old has made just two Premier League appearances for Liverpool.
Football Insider verdict
While Klopp may be hoping to re-integrate Grujic into the first-team squad upon his return from injury, a loan move seems a practical solution. His severe lack of game time and match fitness may hamper his chances of holding down a regular spot at Anfield, and a loan spell at Dinamo Zagreb would suit both parties. The Croatian club would be able to offer him an opportunity of regular football and to continue his development, with no such guarantees currently on offer at Anfield. His injury was a major setback to his progress, but there is still vast potential for him to fulfil, and this move could help him achieve that.
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