Chelsea have reportedly struck a deal for FK Partizan Belgrade sensation Lazar Markovic. The 19-year-old is reported to have pre-agreed a contract with the blues and he could join in the summer for a fee around £6million.
The 19-year-old striker is expected to ignore interest from Inter Milan and Liverpool to join the Blues this summer.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is playing his part, urging his fellow countryman to join him at Stamford Bridge.
Also, Avram Grant is helping Chelsea to sign the hottest prospect in Serbian football. The former Blues boss spent five months at Partizan Belgrade last season and led them to their fifth consecutive title.
Lazar Markovic (18), one of the most talented Serbian football players, member of the national team and Partizan FC, has traveled to London before the winter break started in the Serbian championship.
Almost all media in Serbia published that the reason for his travel is not simply a desire to see the Great Britain’s capital, but a visit to Stamford Bridge stadium where he would arrange for all the details of transferring to Chelsea FC.
Markovic has a contract with Partizan until June 2013.
Sports director of Partizan FC Ljubisa Tumbakovic claims that he did not know anything about Markovic’s reasons for traveling to London, but reminded that several big European football clubs expressed interest in Markovic, after seeing him play in Serbian national team and in Partizan European games. One of those clubs was Internazionale from Milan.
Last major transfer on relation Partizan-England was Adem Ljajic’s and Zoran Tosic’s, who went to Manchester United in 2009.