Sassuolo 'make Liverpool's Grujic No 1 target to replace Locatelli'

Sassuolo ‘make Liverpool’s Marko Grujic their No 1 target to replace Manuel Locatelli with Juventus set for talks with Serie A side over £40m move for Arsenal target’

  • Sassuolo have reportedly made Marko Grujic their No 1 target this summer 
  • The Italian side are preparing to wave goodbye to star man Manuel Locatelli 
  • The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Juventus for around £40m
  • Sassuolo have held a longstanding interest in a move for Liverpool’s £13m Grujic 

Sassuolo are reportedly eyeing up a move for Liverpool’s Marko Grujic as the Serie A side make the Serbian midfielder their No 1 target should Manuel Locatelli leave this summer.

Locatelli, 23, has attracted interest from Juventus and Arsenal following his role in Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph, with the Old Lady set to hold further talks with their Italian rivals over a £40m move. 

The dynamic midfielder is expected to leave Sassuolo this summer and the Neroverdi are as a result making contingency plans in the event that Locatelli seals his big-money exit.

Sassuolo have made Liverpool’s Marko Grujic their No 1 target ahead of a £13million move

The 25-year-old could replace Manuel Locatelli, who is linked with a £40m move to Juventus

And according to Sky Sports, Grujic is Sassuolo’s priority target to replace their Italian midfielder.

The 25-year-old has been far from Jurgen Klopp’s plans at Anfield, having spent the past three seasons on loan at Hertha Berlin (2018-19 and 2019-20) and Porto (2020-21). 

The Reds value Grujic, who has played just 16 games for the Premier League side since arriving in 2016, at £13m. 

Grujic, 25, has spent the last three seasons out on loan and appears far from the Reds’ plans

The same report outlines that Sassuolo are great admirers of Grujic, with recruitment chief Davide Cangini attempting to prise the Serb from Anfield two years ago when he worked for Atalanta.

It is understood that Sassuolo are in a position where a move for the 25-year-old would be financially viable regardless of whether they offload Locatelli this summer. 

Grujic featured regularly for Porto last season, scoring two goals in 39 games for the Portuguese giants, but has returned to Liverpool for the start of pre-season. 

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