Marko Grujic (left) is moving to Porto
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Liverpool are on the verge of banking £17 million from the sale of Marko Grujic and Taiwo Awoniyi.
Grukic, the Serbia midfielder, is due to undergo a medical with Porto on Tuesday ahead of completing a £10.5m move to the Portuguese club.
Nigerian striker Awoniyi is expected to have a medical on Tuesday with Union Berlin after the Bundesliga side agreed to pay a club-record £6.5m fee for the 23 year-old.
Liverpool are understood to have clauses in both deals that will entitle them to a 10 per cent sell-on fee in the event either player is sold in the future. Both transfers should be finalised later on Tuesday.
Grukic, 25, made just 16 appearances for Liverpool after signing from Red Star Belgrade for about £4m in 2016.
The Serb was eager for regular first-team football and the prospect of playing in the Champions League with the World Cup finals less than 18 months away. Porto beat off stiff competition from rivals Sporting Lisbon, who had a €7m bid rejected earlier in the window, and Sassuolo to sign Grukic.
Sassuolo made a firm approach for Grukic, although the situation was dependent on the sale of Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli, who is wanted by Juventus and Arsenal.
Liverpool stand to make around £6.5m from Grukic’s sale and earned in excess of £3m from loan fees following stints at Cardiff, with whom he won promotion to the Premier League, and Hertha Berlin.
Awoniyi was signed in 2015 for £300,000 after impressing in an Under-20 tournament with Nigeria, meaning Liverpool also stand to make a profit in excess of £6m on him.
Taiwo Awoniyi is joining Union Berlin
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He was initially loaned to FSV Frankfurt in Germany, after being unable to gain a work permit in the UK, before spending time at Mouscron and Gent in Belgium. He spent the 2019/20 campaign with Jurgen Klopp’s former club Mainz before impressing on loan with Union Berlin last season that led to a permanent approach.
Grukic and Awoniyi’s impending sales will take Liverpool’s summer transfer income to £21.6m. Goalkeeper Kamil Grabara and forward Liam Millar have already left for Copenhagen and Basel respectively.