By Scott Taylor
Kamil Grabara will reportedly fly to Liverpool this week for a medical to complete a transfer from Polish club Ruch Chorzow for an estimated £1m. The goalkeeper, 16, had reported to be in talks with the Reds last week with a view to a potential move, with representatives from Liverpool staying in the Polish town to speak with Grabara and his family. After having trials with Manchester United and Manchester City, the youngster looks set to sign for Jurgen Klopp’s side should he pass his medical after positive talks.
Grabara has been training with the first team at Chorzow, but has been playing most of his football in the reserves after previously playing in the Central Junior League. After impressing the coaching staff at Chorzow, the goalkeeper signed his first professional contract with the club in the 2014/15 season. Grabara signed a three-year-deal which to keep him in Poland until June 2018, but with Liverpool set to sign the goalkeeper, the Reds will pay a compensation fee, hence the reported £1m transfer.
The President of the Polish FA took to social media to express his opinion on the potential transfer. He tweeted: “It would be better to stay in the Polish League for 2/3 years, but it’s good for football.”
Grabara has represented Poland at both U15 and U16 level, playing in the 2017 European Championship Qualifiers, where he made ten appearances. The goalkeeper currently plays for the U17s after making his debut in the Nordic Cup in August. Grabara will more than likely play for Neil Critchley’s U18s and will consequently be the fourth goalkeeper at that level for Liverpool, with Shamal George, Caoimhin Kelleher and Owen Wheeler already there. However, Wheeler has also played for Wolves U18s this season.