Liverpool want €40m from Atletico for Grujic transfer - sources

Atletico Madrid want to sign Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic on a permanent transfer, sources have told ESPN FC, but the Premier League leaders want €40 million for the Serbia international.

ESPN FC reported that Spain midfielder Rodri is wanted by Manchester City, who could land the 22-year-old by triggering his €70m release clause.

And Atletico Madrid have targeted Liverpool misfit Grujic as a possible replacement.

On loan at Hertha Berlin, Grujic has enjoyed a good season in the Bundesliga, scoring four goals and setting up another in 19 appearances to date.

But the capital club's poor form in recent weeks means they will not feature in Europe next term.

Described as Hertha's "best midfielder in 20 years" by Berlin's outgoing coach Pal Dardai earlier this season, Grujic could showcase his talent in the Champions League by moving to Atletico.

Having joined Liverpool from Red Star in January 2016, Grujic has made just eight brief appearances as a substitute under Jurgen Klopp.

He spent the second half of the 2017-18 on loan at Cardiff, whom he helped win promotion to the Premier League and joined Hertha on a season-long loan in August 2018.