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Fiorentina make approach for Liverpool attacking midfielder – report

By Harvey Byrne

Lazar Markovic is the subject of an approach from Serie A outfit Fiorentina, according to a report.

Italian publication Gazzetta World have claimed that Italian side have approached Liverpool about taking Markovic on loan for the season, with an option to make it permanent next summer for a price of around £8million.

The 22-year-old Serbia international arrived at Anfield from Benfica in 2014 for £20million, but after struggling in his first season in the Premier League he was sent out on loan to Fenerbache.

The former Partizan star scored just two goals and provided three assists in 21 appearances in Turkey last season.

However, the youngster did not have the opportunity to make full use of his loan period after an injury ruled him out of almost the entirety of the second half of the season.

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Markovic has been taking part in the Reds’ pre-season friendlies this summer, but is still on the periphery of Jurgen Klopp’s squad and Liverpool have made it known that they will allow the winger to leave if an appropriate offer comes along.

With Jurgen Klopp’s acquisition of Southampton’s Sadio Mane, Markovic has fallen even further down the Anfield pecking order and is unlikely to be given the game-time he wants in the upcoming season.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Swansea owner Jason Levien has revealed his club have discussed the possibility of signing Reds midfielder Joe Allen.