Liverpool continued their impressive record of making big profits from the sale of young players, making deals to offload two fringe players for £ 17million
25-year-old Marko Grujic has been sold to Porto, while 23-year-old forward Taiwo Awoniyi is expected to join Union Berlin.
The Reds duo returned for the club’s preseason and trained with the rest of the squad at their training camp in Austria.
But they are now sold definitively, after having spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan with their respective buyers.
Charges for Grujic are said to be £ 10.5million, while Awoniyi has gone for around £ 6.5million after reaching a deal with Union Berlin – a total of £ 17million .
That’s a net benefit for both players, with Serbian Grujic arriving from Red Star Belgrade in 2016 for around £ 5million. He went on to make 16 first-team appearances for the Premier League club.
Awoniyi joined Liverpool in August 2015 for around £ 400,000, but didn’t make a single appearance for the club and only got a work permit to play for the UK in May.
Since signing for the Reds he has been on loan at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron, Ghent, Mainz and Union Berlin, where he scored five goals in 22 games on loan last season. .
The Reds also inserted a ten percent selling charge for the pair.
The duo’s impending sale comes after a string of shrewd deals from sporting director Michael Edwards, who has made a name for himself as a genius for securing big fees for fringe players at Anfield.
Rhian Brewster was sold to Sheffield United last summer for a whopping £ 23.5million – a club record for the Blades – despite only making four appearances for Liverpool.
Bournemouth also landed a four-year contract with Jordon Ibe for a club record of £ 15million in 2016, before spending a whopping £ 19million fee to sign Reds ace Dominic Solanke three years over late.
The Reds also whipped Welsh goalkeeper Danny Ward at Leicester for £ 12.5million in 2018, after spending just £ 100,000 to bring him over from Wrexham in 2012.
More recently, little-known academy goalkeeper Kamil Grabara was sold to FC Copenhagen in 2021 for £ 3million, after joining Liverpool for £ 250,000 from Polish club Ruch Chorzow in 2016.
Ki-Jana Hoever was another great mover. The Reds signed the young Dutch defender from Ajax for just £ 90,000 in 2018, then struck a deal to sell him to Wolves for £ 13.5million in 2020.
And of course, while not a lesser-known starlet, the Merseyside club made huge profits from the sale of Philippe Countino to Barcelona. 142 million transactions in January 2018.
Jurgen Klopp then reinvested that money back into Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk which helped turn Liverpool into Champions League and Premier League winners.
Fees for their young players were also added and allowed the club to sign center-back Ibrahim Konate from RB Leipzig this summer, despite the cautious policies of Fenway Sports Group owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 22-year-old has signed for the Premier League side for £ 36million and is considered one of France’s most promising center-backs.