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Liverpool news round-up: Porto land Grujic, Reds still eye Malen, PSG target Henderson

Official: Primeira Liga giants sign Liverpool misfit in deal worth £10.5m

Liverpool have finalised the £10.5 million sale of the Serbian star Marko Grujic to Portuguese club Porto.

The versatile midfielder became the first Anfield acquisition of Jurgen Klopp when he took over as head coach in October 2015 but struggled for playing time since.

A series of loan transfers across Europe, with the likes of Porto and Hertha Berlin, have seen the 25-year-old star raise his stock and attract potential buyers.

Now, after the Dragons followed up with concrete interest to the reds regarding the player, a deal had been shaken on and agreed at both ends.

Grujic is currently in Austria with the Reds senior team taking part in pre-season training, but was told at the start of the transfer market that the club were looking to sell.

Now, though, he’ll leave the camp to return to Estadio do Dragao and rejoin familiar faces while being officially presented as a new recruit.

Liverpool had slapped a £15 million price tag on Grujic and were said to have remained firm when sides enquired about a lower valuation.

The Anfield side dropped their asking price and agreed a £10.5 million deal with Porto after the Primeira Liga outfit agreed to a 10% sell-on clause for any future deal regarding Marko.

Liverpool not giving up on signing 22-year-old PSV Eindhoven star

Liverpool are still watching Donyell Malen’s situation, with PSV Eindhoven expecting a bid for the striker from the Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund this week.

BVB have been in talks with Malen’s entourage Mino Raiola for several weeks over taking the ace to the Westfalenstadion in the ongoing transfer market.

The Dutchman has been pinpointed as Jadon Sancho’s replacement and the German club have a contractual agreement in place with the Italo-Dutch super-agent for Malen.

But negotiations between Rood-witten and Die Borussen haven’t been smooth and there is still some distance between what the Eredivisie giants want and what Marco Rose’s side are prepared to offer.

The Reds also have an interest in him but they haven’t reportedly gone beyond making an initial enquiry for Donyell yet.

However, according to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Jurgen Klopp and Co. are still monitoring his situation this summer.

The Reds are unable to move for targets this summer as the club are now focused on selling some of their out-of-favour stars.

They remain keen on Malen but Borussia Dortmund have the advantage in the race to land the forward this summer.

Liverpool are raising cash from selling Taiwo Awoniyi and Marko Grujic and it remains to be seen if that prompts the English heavyweights to lodge a bid.

Liverpool on alert as Ligue 1 club vying for services of English star

Paris Saint-Germain are allegedly keeping tabs on Liverpool midfielder and captain Jordan Henderson’s uncertain situation at Anfield.

The England international is understood to be in talks with the club over a new deal, but talks are yet to lead to a positive solution.

With the Englishman’s existing deal at Liverpool due to expire in under two years’ time, Jurgen Klopp’s side are reportedly open to a summer sale for the right price if no agreement over a contract renewal can be reached.

According to The Mirror, Parisians boss Mauricio Pochettino is monitoring the current situation closely, and the Argentine would be interested in reuniting Henderson with Georginio Wijnaldum at the Parc des Princes.

However, the report also says that Juventus and Atletico Madrid are preparing their own moves should Henderson seal a surprise Liverpool exit, and the 31-year-old is prepared to push for a departure this summer’s transfer market if he is not satisfied with future contract proposals.

Jordan returned from groin surgery in time to feature five times for England at UEFA Euro 2020, and he netted his first goal for the Three Lions in their quarter-final victory over Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine.