By Harvey Byrne
Italian side Fiorentina have baulked at Liverpool’s asking price for attacker Lazar Markovic, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed on their website that a deal that would see the right-winger leave Anfield for the Serie A club has hit a brick wall with the Reds valuing the 23-year-old at £16million.
The claim follows reports from Goal stating that Markovic had flown to Italy to hold talks with Fiorentina over a potential move.
However, a deal could now be off and with both Watford and Leicester also having registered an interet in the Serbian it is said by the Mirror that Liverpool are not prepared to reduce their valuation.
Markovic joined Liverpool for a huge £20million from Benfica in the summer of 2014.
However, he has so far failed to live up to that valuation, playing just 34 times in total for the Anfield club, scoring three times alongside loan spells at each of Fenerbache, Sporting and Hull.
Football Insider verdict:
In the current market £16million is probably the going rate for a player like Markovic, who is still contracted to the Reds for another two years alongside having plenty of time to still grow in football. However, while prices in England are ever increasing, clubs from around Europe and in Italy in particular will certainly be resistant to splashing such cash around. Now, it looks as though Markovic’s most likely destination could be a club in England, where Liverpool will get a good look to see whether they were correct to not give him a chance at the club.
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