Liverpool are poised to accept a big loss on £20 million signing Lazar Markovic as Fenerbahce seek a permanent deal. Plus, the Reds have reportedly completed their second signing under Jurgen Klopp after sealing the signature of Polish starlet Kamil Grabara.
Markovic arrived at Anfield in 2014, but Turkish television station LigTV reported Wednesday that Liverpool could sell their asset if they're offered £7.3 million—almost a quarter of the fee for which they signed him (h/t Metro's Mark Brus).
The former Partizan Belgrade maestro is currently on loan at Fener, and Brus also cited Turkish outlet Takvim, which reported the Istanbul outfit "will table an offer for the 21-year-old imminently."
Markovic endured a torrid spell in England before moving to Turkey on temporary terms this past summer, having been utilised as a winger and wing-back under Jurgen Klopp's predecessor, Brendan Rodgers.
Speaking to Portuguese newspaper A Bola in October, the 21-year-old lifted the lid on a forgettable period in his career and blamed Rodgers for his failure to shine (h/t Mirror's Kristian Walsh): “I didn’t have a good relationship with the coach. That was a problem. I played in many positions but didn’t play in mine.”
Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira has been more willing to promote Markovic as a member of his first team, but Klopp may decide to run the rule over his farmed-out player himself rather than cut ties already.
Radio presenter Nik Postinger believes Markovic deserves more of an opportunity in his favoured position before Liverpool decide to give up on their £20 million investment:
Nik Postinger @nikpostinger
Thought as Coutinho exits: Markovic would thrive in this kind of set-up w/ Lallana & Firmino. Madness he was binned off. So typically #LFC.1/5/2016, 8:22:10 PM
Closer to Merseyside, Liverpool are reported to have already added a new figure between the posts after Paul Joyce of the Daily Express confirmed Polish youngster Grabara has signed for £250,000.
The 16-year-old travelled to Melwood on Wednesday for the "finishing touches" of his transfer, according to Joyce, after making the move from Polish top-flight outfit Ruch Chorzow.
Grabara will join Liverpool's under-18 squad as he looks to climb the ranks at Anfield and hopefully make an impact on the senior side sooner rather than later.
BT Sport pundit and former Reds striker Michael Owen said Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland deserves to be drawing recent plaudits and teased the thought of Liverpool making a move:
BT Sport Football @btsportfootball
"Liverpool could come calling" @themichaelowen backs @stokecity goalkeeper @JackButland_One for a big move. #STKMCI https://t.co/sE2g5YrAgw12/5/2015, 12:42:11 PM
Meanwhile, Standard Liege stopper Guillaume Hubert is the latest goalkeeper linked with a move to Merseyside, according to the Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel.
Hubert made his Jupiler Pro League debut for Standard Liege in October and has started every league fixture since then, taking his place as manager Yannick Ferrera's new No. 1.
Grabara isn't likely to have any sort of first-team impact for at least a few years, but Hubert, 21, would be better placed to fit into Klopp's plans right now.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!