Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lazar Markovic to Chelsea?

Chelsea could be about to lock horns with Inter for Partizan's talented young forward Lazar Markovic. The 19-year-old is already a full Serbia international, and looks ready to move on to the next level in the near future. talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has the details...

Name: Lazar Markovic
Date of birth: 2 March, 1994
Birthplace: Cacak, FR Yugoslavia
Club: Partizan
Position: Supporting striker
International appearances: 6 (Serbia)
Honours: Serbian SuperLiga (2011/12), Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Year (2011/12)

What's the latest?
Markovic has been tempting teams across Europe, with Liverpool previously linked to the attacker. The latest bout of rumours claim that Chelsea and Inter will go head-to-head for him this summer, and that the Blues value him at around £6m.

Did you know?

1) Markovic started at Borac Cacak in his home city, before joining Partizan's youth ranks in 2006. In 2011, he was promoted to the first team by coach Aleksandar Stanojevic. He was given shirt number 50.

2) The striker made his senior debut in a Serbian league game against Uzice in May 2011, and signed a professional contract the following summer. In July of that year, he made his European debut in Partizan's Champions League qualifier against Macedonian side Shkendija.

3) Markovic scored his first senior goal on August 13, 2011, in the 83rd minute of a 2-0 win for Partizan over Novi Pazar.

4) The youngster made his Serbia U17 debut in 2009, and after performing well with them at the 2011 European Championship, was promoted to U21 level, skipping the U19 team in the process.

5) A strong club season in 2011/12, which would eventually culminate in scoring seven goals and assisting six for Partisan in 33 games, led to Markovic being handed his senior Serbia debut against Armenia in February 2012. He scored his first Serbia goal at senior level against Chile in November of the same year.

He says
“I was in England for my treatment. The club was in constant communication with the guy who treated me in Watford. I'm a Partizan player, and no-one has contacted me.” Markovic insists that a recent trip to injury was solely to aid his recovery from an injury, rather than meet with Chelsea.

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