Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is set to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce on a season-long loan according to Liverpool Echo.

The 21-year-old Serbian international has flown to Istanbul to hold talks with the Turkish Super League outfit.

An agreement is in place between the two clubs with Fenerbahce agreeing to pay 100% of his wages. Markovic will join the star-studded squad which includes former Reds midfielder Raul Meireles, as well as ex-Manchester United duo Robin van Persie and Nani.

Markovic has struggled to hold down a place at Anfield since his £20million move from Benfica a year ago. He made just 11 Premier League starts last season and found himself down the pecking order this summer.

Manager Brendan Rodgers hopes the move will allow the 21-year-old to develop into a player capable of succeeding at Anfield, sources said.

Markovic does still have a first-team future at Liverpool, as the Anfield club are not looking to sell him.

The Serbia international has had a slow start to his career on Merseyside but is seen as a long-term prospect by the Reds’ manager.

The Reds boss hopes a successful year with Fenerbahce will lead to Markovic returning to Liverpool next summer and belatedly establishing himself at the club.

Markovic was at Melwood on Thursday before being informed that a deal was close to being agreed with Fenerbahce.

As long as his discussions with the Turkish club go well, his loan switch will be confirmed and he could make his debut against Antalyaspor on Sunday.

Markovic is a key player for Serbia national team and has made 20 appearances for them so far in such tender age and found the net 3 times.

He came out of the youth ranks of Serbian giants FK Partizan and had a breakthrough to first team at the age of 16 and won three back to back Serbian Superliga titles for them and featured in the Serbian Superliga Team of the Year in two seasons.

He joined Portuguese giants Benfica in 2013 and won Portuguese Primeira Liga with the Eagles and was a key part in their run to become runners-up in Europa League and was part of Europa League Squad of the Season.

Only after spending one season at Lisbon, he moved to Anfield and was mostly used as a wing back by Rodgers and showed glimpses of quality whenever he started in an advanced position.

Liverpool fans will hope that Lazar Markovic’s loan move to Fenerbahce turns out to be good enough to impress Brendan Rodgers and the Serbian wizard holds a long future at the club.


    Snehanjan Banerjee closely follows English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A along with other world football events.

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