Liverpool have been left frustrated in pursuit of their prime transfer targets Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita.
Although they have brought in three new faces namely Dominic Solanke, Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson, a few have been transferred out already being surplus to Jurgen Klopp’s requirements. The likes of Alberto Moreno and Mamadou Sakho are expected to depart next whereas Serbian winger Lazar Markovic is in talks with Serie A outfit Fiorentina.
Markovic, 23, joined the Merseysiders back in 2014 for a £20 mil fee from Portuguese heavyweights Benfica. The promising attacker, however, had a few decent outings in his maiden Premier League season and was then loaned to Turkish side Fenerbahce for regular first team experience. But his progress was stalled by injuries and things went wrong last year following an unsuccessful loan spell with Portuguese outfit Sporting CP. He returned in January and was sent on loan once more to Premier League strugglers Hull City where despite having an improved run of form, his efforts were not enough to survive a relegation scare.
Markovic returned at Melwood for pre-season but could not impress Jurgen Klopp once again.
“With Lazar, it’s no secret that if he finds a club then we will negotiate. It was like this last year too. He’s a really good player. I like him as a person. He’s now fit and another one who is in the best shape since I’ve known him. Before he had problems with his groin but now he’s good. There will be a club out there who needs him.”
As a result, he has not been included in Liverpool’s travelling squad to Germany for Audi Cup and now reportedly agreed terms with Fiorentina following fruitful conversation. His entourage, however, are working on agreeing a fee with his current employers as the Reds are holding out for a fee around £16 mil for the once highly rated wingman. But the amount is proving to be a stumbling block as the Serie A outfit are not prepared to match Liverpool’s demand.
Watford boss Marco Silva has also praised Markovic following his impressive loan spell with his former club Hull City. He is in talks as well in order to reunite with the attacker whom he rates highly.
Andre Wisdom, Kevin Stewart and veteran Lucas Leiva have already departed in past weeks. Markovic is close to join the list thus will have an opportunity to resurrect his promising career in a new environment.
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