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Liverpool set to beat Inter to Grujic signing

Liverpool have sent representatives to complete the transfer of Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, Goal can reveal.

Grujic, 19, will join in the summer with the deal expected to be announced officially in early January.

The Under-20 World Cup winner has been on the radar of several major European clubs, including Serie A leaders Inter, who had been tipped to beat Liverpool to his signature.

But, as Goal first revealed, Liverpool moved to the front of the queue after sending scouts to watch him earlier in December.

Grujic has also stated the motivation for his next move will be playing time and not money, and was enthused by Liverpool’s appreciation of young talent.

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Jurgen Klopp, who specialised in turning potential stars into some of the game's premier players while at Borussia Dortmund, is a key selling point as is the development of the likes of Jordon Ibe and Divock Origi. Grujic was also told of the tight links between the academy and the first team.

The Merseysiders have nine players aged 21 and under in their squad, while Inter only have three. With the 19-year-old delving into every detail of his next destination, such aspects could prove decisive.

Grujic has previously expressed his interest in the Premier League. “I would like to go and play in England,” he said.

"I love the atmosphere in the stadium, and how the fans are close to the pitch, and how that energy transfers to the players.”

Grujic would cost in the region of £5 million, a fee which Inter sought to negotiate but which was considered reasonable by Liverpool’s transfer committee.

Roma and Paris-Saint Germain are also tracking the youngster, who revealed Nemanja Matic told him Chelsea wanted him at Stamford Bridge.