Premier League - Liverpool 'close on £20m Markovic deal'

Liverpool are close to signing Benfica winger Lazar Markovic, according to widespread reports.

Premier League - Markovic set to complete £20m Liverpool deal

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Benfica's Lazar Markovic celebrates (Reuters)

Markovic, 20, starred as Benfica narrowly missed out on a historic quadruple last season and now looks set for a move to the Premier League.

Reports in Portugal put the expected transfer fee at 25m euros (£19.8m).

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has already bolstered his squad by signing midfielder Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

Striker Luis Suarez – who is currently serving a four-month ban from all football-related activity for biting – has been heavily linked with a big-money switch to Spanish giants Barcelona.

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