Liverpool close on Markovic

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Lazar Markovic from Benfica, according to reports in Portugal.

The Reds reportedly made a bid of around 19.8million on Saturday night which was accepted by Benfica, although there has been no official confirmation from either club.

The Lisbon club are said to own just 50 per cent of Serbia international winger Markovic's playing rights, with agent Pini Zahavi owning the other 50 per cent.

Chelsea reportedly have an option to match Liverpool's bid for the 20-year-old, but they have apparently shown no interest at this stage.

Markovic, who has made 12 appearances for Serbia, joined Benfica from Partizan Belgrade just over a year ago and made a big impression last season.

If he moves to Anfield he will join Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can as new arrivals at the club this summer as speculation grows that Luis Suarez will leave for Barcelona.