Liverpool have come one step closer to signing Marko Grujic from Crvena Zvezda, the Liverpool Echo reports.
He has agreed a five-year contract with the Reds, and will head to Merseyside this week for a medical. If everything is acceptable, his transfer will be confirmed at the beginning of January.
Whilst Grujic, 19, will become the first signing of Jurgen Klopp’s era at Anfield, the German boss will not actually be able to use the midfielder until the start of next season.
As part of the deal, Liverpool will pay £5 million to sign Grujic, but he will immediately return back on loan to Red Star until the end of this campaign.
Klopp spoke personally to Grujic to seal a deal, and the head coach has a keen belief that the Serbian youngster can become a star in the coming years.
Staying at Red Star offers Grujic the chance to play consistent first-team football for the rest of this season, aiding his development, rather than being stuck as a back-up option at Anfield.
It is expected that Klopp will start to integrate Grujic into his first-team in pre-season ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.