A report in the Daily Mail today suggests Liverpool are keen on Benfica starlet Lazar Markovic.
According to Simon Jones, Liverpool “Chief scout Barry Hunter was in attendance at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, last Wednesday to see the 20-year-old play 75 minutes for Serbia in their 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland.”
However, the rumour linking Liverpool with Lazar Markovic was immediately rubbished by reliable Portuguese journalist Gonçalo Lopes. (See Tweet below.)
Markovic, a hugely talented 20-year-old Serbian playmaker, has been in excellent form this season for Benfica and could well make a name for himself in Europe during the upcoming two-legged Europa League tie with Spurs.
After Chelsea were linked with Markovic in the summer, when he joined Benfica from Partizan Belgrade, reports have filtered out about how the Blues have priority on the youngster.
The latest report came from Portuguese newspaper Record, last month: “Markovic has a confusing ownership situation with Benfica owning 50% of the player while a fund owns the other 50%.
Within that framework, Chelsea have option to buy Benfica’s 50% share (which cost Benfica €6.5m) for just €7.5m, which means the total acquisition cost for the attacking midfielder would be €15m.
It should be noted that if Benfica end up selling Markovic to another club, the Portuguese giants can barter for any price they wish.”
Considering Nemanja Matic joined Chelsea from Benfica in the latest high-profile move between the two clubs, it would be a major surprise were the Blues to allow Markovic to join a Premier League rival in Liverpool…
— Gonçalo Lopes (@_GoncaloLopes) March 10, 2014