Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow made late attempts to hijack the deal for the 18-year-old, who will become Jurgen Klopp’s first signing
Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade.
The midfielder arrived on Merseyside on Sunday evening ahead of completing his £5.1m move to Anfield.
Grujic will become Jurgen Klopp’s first signing before returning to Serbia for the rest of the season, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Russian clubs Zenit St Petersburg and CSKA Moscow made late attempts to hijack the deal for the 18-year-old, with both offering €10m – higher bids than Liverpool’s –but Grujic was insistent on moving to Anfield.
Initially, Liverpool feared they would miss out to Inter Milan in the battle for the 19-year-old’s signature, but Klopp became personally involved – speaking to the Serbian Under-21 international – and helped swing the deal in his favour.
Writing on his Facebook page, the Serbian international intimated the move will be completed on Monday, but the ECHO understands an announcement is not due for another 24 hours.
“On January 4, I will become a Liverpool player,” he wrote.
Under the terms of the deal, the Reds will receive 1million euros (£730,000) back as a loan fee after agreeing to let him remain in his homeland until the end of the season.
Red Star have also negotiated a 10% sell-on clause.
Grujic came up through the ranks at Red Star’s youth academy and made his first-team debut at the age of 17 in May 2013.
He has since gone on to become a firm fans’ favourite and has helped Red Star build a commanding lead at the top of the table this season.
Grujic, who has scored five goals for Red Star so far this term, was part of the Serbia squad who won the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand back in June.