Lazar Markovic prefers a move to Benfica over Europa League champions.
Chelsea are set to see long-time transfer target Lazar Markovic snub a move to Stamford Bridge and join Portuguese side Benfica, who finished runners up to the Blues in this year’s Europa League.
The Partizan Belgrade starlet, who has six caps for Serbia, hinted at a preference to a move to the Primera Liga this summer, and believes Benfica would be a good fit for him.
“Benfica is a great club, one of the biggest in the world,” Markovic told SkySports.com.
“I truly believe that it would be good for me to play for them.”
Benfica have already agreed deals for two more Serbs in the shape of Miralem Sulejmani and Filip Djuricic.
The 19-year old left winger scored seven goals and added 11 assists this season but was perhaps put off moving to Stamford Bridge but the amount of talent already on Chelsea books.
The Blues boast a number of attacking midfielder players including Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata and Victor Moses, suggesting it would be a struggle for Markovic to win a first team spot at the club.