Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Lazar Marković for a fee of about £20m from Benfica according to Sky Sports. The 20 year-old Serbian winger scored five times in 26 league matches last season for the Portuguese Champions. The player is known for his quick movement on the wing and his comfort on the ball.
A year ago the Portuguese media had reported that Marković would leave Partizan Belgrade and sign with Chelsea. The reports indicated that he would then be loaned to Benfica. However, he signed with Benfica straight away without any apparent contract clause linking him to Chelsea. Now some reports claim that Chelsea have a right to match any offer for the player should he leave Benfica. However, it appears after having spent generously on Willian and Mohamed Salah in the past year, the Blues are not in the market for another winger.
Liverpool had aggressively courted Salah while he was at FC Basel and believed in January he was close to signing. Instead Salah’s decision to move to Stamford Bridge left the Reds short an impact wide player for the late Premier League title push. Liverpool eventually finished second in the league just two points behind the champions Manchester City.
Marković is perhaps best known for an infamous incident late in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League semifinal in May. The Serbian winger was substituted off the pitch but ended up in scuffle around the bench area with Juventus Mirko Vučinić. Marković was red carded and suspended for the Europa League final which Benfica lost to Sevilla.
The suspension for the final put a black mark on an otherwise outstanding European campaign for Marković. The youngster made appeared in 12 matches in the competition scoring one goal. He has been capped 13 times for Serbia at the senior level scoring two goals.