German giants make approach for Liverpool attacking midfielder - report
By Will Butcher
Lazar Markovic is the subject of an approach from Bundesliga outfit Schalke, according to a report.
The German giants are resigned to losing their prize asset Leroy Sane this summer amid strong interest from Manchester City.
Football website Goal claim that Schalke manager Markus Weinzierl has now made contact with Markovic’s representatives about the availability of the attacking midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce.
It is said Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for the 22-year-old, who is seen as surplus to requirements.
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.
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The report also states that Markovic has already rejected the advances of Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon and his former club Benfica, who sold him to Liverpool for around £20million 2014.
Germany and Italy are the desired destinations for Liverpool’s number 50, who began his career at Partizan Belgrade.
Fiorentina have also made an enquiry for the 21-time capped international, but Markovic is yet to decide on his new home.
A loan move could also be feasible for the four-time domestic champion, who still has three years remaining on his Anfield deal.