Manager of European club remains coy on deal for Liverpool midfielder

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Porto manager Sergio Conceicao is remaining coy on a potential deal to sign Marko Grujic from Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Conceicao says that he is not ready to speak about his preparations for next season whilst the current campaign is still going on. He has refused to comment on any interest in Grujic beyond this term.

However, he has praised the Serbian international and said that Porto are very happy with his progress in the team at the moment.

Speaking to O’Jogo, as quoted by Tribal Football, Conceicao opened up on Grujic’s form but refused to speak about a transfer. “Grujic is in excellent form and we have other quality midfielders, such as Sérgio Oliveira, Loum, Romário Baldé, Otávio and Fábio Vieira. He had his adaptation period and gave a very positive response in the last month, we are very happy with him.

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“These are situations about preparing for the next season and, frankly, I’m not in the mood to answer in a real way.

“So I’m not going to say anything.”

ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT 

Grujic’s form at Porto has improved of late, after a difficult start to life in Portugal. He has only started nine games across Liga Nos and the Champions League, but his last four starts for the club have yielded some superb performances. He has managed a WhoScored rating of 7.00 or above in all of his last four appearances for Porto, including a score of 8.43 in their win over Nacional at the weekend.

In his last two Liga Nos starts, Grujic has won 18 aerial battles and five tackles, whilst providing one key pass and completing three dribbles. This shows that he has been dominating the central midfield area for Porto of late, which could be why the Portuguese boss is quick to praise him for his performances of late. However, it remains to be seen whether or not they will be enough to tempt Porto into making a permanent move for the midfielder in the summer transfer window.