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Liverpool are closing in on the Benfica forward Lazar Markovic as Brendan Rodgers continues the reconstruction of his squad.
The 20-year-old Markovic could move to Anfield for £25m, reports in England and Portugal said, and would be Rodgers' fourth signing of the summer after the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can and Southampton's Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.
Liverpool were reported to be in the market for Alexis Sánchez, the Barcelona and Chile forward, but their move for Markovic may signify that they have accepted Sánchez is more interested in going to Arsenal or Juventus.
Markovic is one of Serbia's young hopes for the future and joined Benfica last summer on a five-year contract. He missed their success in the Europa Cup final against Sevilla after being sent off in the semi-final after a touchline brawl.