Chelsea could yet scupper Liverpool’s move for Lazar Markovic from Benfica due to a clause in the player’s contract.
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Concerning reports for Liverpool fans have emerged from the Express today, with suggestions that Chelsea could yet scupper Lazar Markovic’s proposed move to the club from Benfica due to a clause in the Serbian’s contract at the Estadio de Luz.
A £25 million move for Markovic had been reported as one of the cornerstones of Brendan Rodgers’ potential summer dealings at Anfield, but a clause potentially inserted into the winger’s deal when he moved to Benfica last summer may yet ruin their plans.
Chelsea’s involvement in Markovic’s move to Benfica was shrouded in mystery, with suggestions made in the report that the Blues had been set to seal the transfer themselves and loan the player to Portugal, but this was an arrangement that Markovic himself was not happy with.
If, at this point, Chelsea chose to arrange a clause with Benfica giving them first refusal on Markovic, possibly for as little as £12m, then it could leave Liverpool’s potential deal in tatters.
Former Partizan Belgrade man Markovic is rated as one of Europe’s most exciting young forwards, with his devastating displays from out wide in Portugal sure to have provoked a few pangs of regret at Chelsea that they were unable to lure him to the club last summer.
If reports about a £12m clause are true, however, it would take a lot of self-control from Jose Mourinho not to make a move and to allow Markovic move to rivals Liverpool.