Everton to compete for Grujic

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Everton are set to compete with Chelsea, Manchester United and Inter for Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic.

The 19-year-old has been dubbed “the next Nemanja Matic”, and Grujic confirmed last week that Chelsea midfielder Matic had been in touch to let him know the Blues were interested.

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“Nemanja Matic is a friend,” he said.

“He’s Serbian and he has been at Chelsea for over a year. He tells me that they want me.

“Right now I am at Red Star, we are top of the table and I want to win the title here. I don’t think that I’ll be moving in January, but there’s definitely more of a chance in June.”

He has also been the subject of Italian Serie A giants Inter, and Grujic added: “He (former Inter midfielder Dejan Stankovic) called me three weeks ago and Tuesday we will talk after the game against Slovenia.

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“He told me to continue playing like I have been because Inter are following me.

“At the end of the season I will go to Milan to talk to them (Inter). It is a possible destination.”

Everton are now interested in £4.5 million-priced Grujic, with Toffees chief scout Kevin Reeves watching him play for the Serbia U21s against Italy on Friday.

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