According to Goal, Liverpool flop Lazar Markovic could yet leave the club this month amid interest from the Chinese Super League and one unnamed Mexican top-flight club, after failing to make a single appearance this season and having been made to train with the Under-23 side.
Well, this is according to Goal, who also report that the Serbian will simply leave the club at the end of his contract this summer if a move fails to materialise this month – something that has happened already despite the Reds putting everything in place.
Markovic has actually spent the vast majority of his five-and-a-half years at Anfield away from the club on loan, spending time at Fenerbahce, Sporting, Hull and, most recently, Anderlecht – he last made a senior appearance for the Merseyside outfit towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
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Following his stint with the Belgian side, a fee of £2.9m was agreed for a permanent deal, as per Goal, although the deal collapsed after Markovic expressed concern at working under the coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck, who has since been sacked.
The 24-year-old arrived during a haphazard transfer window under former boss Brendan Rodgers, in which the Northern Irishman set about spending the Luis Suarez money in woeful fashion.
The current Celtic boss splashed £20m on Markovic, according to the BBC, along with bringing the likes of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Alberto Moreno to the club, who all ultimately flopped.
Since the appointment of Michael Edwards as sporting director, however, the Reds have become experts in the market and don’t look likely to make the mistakes of their past ever again – the Serbian’s exit will be emblematic of the change in which the Merseysiders now operate.
Markovic’s possible departure this month has to be viewed as a positive, considering the fans and the club must’ve expected to see their £20m purchase depart for nothing this summer – this way, at least, a bit of money will be recouped from their hasty purchase.