Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic is at a centre of a transfer tug of war with Cardiff City looking to take him back on loan but face stiff competition from Lazio & Galatassery.
The Serbian midfielder enjoyed a successful loan spell at Cardiff last season and the Bluebirds boss is hoping to bring him back for this season on loan once more.
“If not Marko, (we want) somebody like that. We’re still optimistic and we should know within the next few days on that one,” he said after his side’s 2-1 pre-season defeat to Rotherham which prompted questions about Cardiff’s dirth of midfield options.
“I’m constantly in touch with him (Grujic), still optimistic but we’ve also found a back-up as well, which we’re trying to hold onto for another few days, just in case. I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get Marko but it won’t be the end of the world,” he added.
“I’m looking at a permanent deal and I’m also looking at the loan market. But I want Marko first.”
Liverpool would prefer if Grujic signs a new contract and goes on loan to Cardiff this season however is a suitable offer comes in they would be open to selling him, Lazio are believed to be weighing up an offer for Grujic however it would need to be close to £20m for the Reds to consider selling.