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Liverpool outcast Marko Grujic may be the key to Liverpool signing Fabio Vieira this summer, according to reports. The Reds have already made their mark in the transfer window by bringing in Ibrahima Konate.

The highly-rated Frenchman will arrive on July 1 to help avoid a similar defensive crisis which occurred this past season.

There isn’t expected to be much activity in terms of incomings at Anfield this summer, but Konate is unlikely to be the only one.

An attacker is viewed as a top priority with both Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri facing uncertain futures past this summer.

And it appears as though Porto’s Vieira is seen as a potential option due to his versatility in the forward positions.

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The 21-year-old often plays through the middle for the Liga Nos side, but he is often deployed further forward for Portugal’s Under-21 side.

And it was in this summer’s European Championship Under-21 tournament where Vieira truly announced himself on the world stage.

Portugal may have been defeated in the final by Germany, but Vieira was still named as the player of the tournament.

Players to have won the prestigious award in previous years have gone on to enjoy illustrious careers.


Luis Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Pirlo have all been named player of the tournament when featuring in the Under-21 European Championships back in 1994, 1996 and 2000 respectively.

Liverpool though have their own ex-player of the tournament already in Klopp’s squad with Thiago Alcantara winning the award for Spain back in 2013.

Now the Reds may be looking to add another with Correio da Manha claiming Liverpool have made contact with Vieira’s representatives on a potential move.

Liverpool have a slight advantage as well with Porto said to be interested in making Grujic’s loan move permanent.

The report points out that Vieira’s release clause is set at £26million, but Grujic could be used in a deal to make that fee lower.

It is claimed that including Grujic in an offer would make Vieira available for just £17.2m.

Vieira has just one year left on his contract with Porto with no sign of an extension being put in place anytime soon.

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