Liverpool are edging closer to secure their fourth signing of the season, with reports emerging from Portugal that Benfica forward Lazar Markovic will undergo a medical today, before completing his £25m switch to Merseyside.
According to reports from A Bola, Markovic is expected to be in Liverpool within the next few hours to complete his medical and sign his contract with the Anfield club.
Liverpool are almost certain to lose Luis Suarez to Barcelona and manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to use the money efficiently in buying top players. The Guardian reported couple of days back that Liverpool are closing in on Markovic, who would cost around £25m, and now it seems that the deal is close to happening.
Check the transfer background of Lazar Markovic, we covered in our last article:
Chelsea were thought to be a long term admirer of Markovic. Back in 2013, Serbian media outlet first reported that the player is close to joining the Blues. It was almost a ‘Done Deal’ situation.
Markovic however later rejected such reports there was an underlying message that his agent, Pini Zahavi is trying to bring him to Chelsea.
Early this year Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claimed that Chelsea are definitely going to sign Markovic. Around April, report emerged in A Bola that Liverpool are showing keen interest in him and are told to pay 35m Euros to enter into any negotiation.
Chelsea on the other hand could only land him for 15m, almost half the price, as the Londoners have a good connection with the Portuguese club. Liverpool sent chief scout Barry Hunter to check regular reports on him and in May, A Bola first reported that the Reds are in pole position to sign the Serbian wizard.
Benfica paid £6.25m for Markovic when they signed him from Partizan Belgrade last summer.The Portuguese champions with get only 50% of the transfer fee and from his potential sale to Liverpool, around £12.5m (50%) of the £25m transfer fee.
Markovic will become the fourth major signing for Liverpool, with the Anfield club having already signed Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton, while Emre Can recently completed his switch to Merseyside.