Chelsea given helping hand in chasing youngster
Chelsea’s ex-manager, Avram Grant, is helping his old club acquire 19-year-old forward Lazar Markovic from Partizan, who top the Serbian league.
Markovic has appeared in both International and Europe fixtures with his club despite not yet playing in the league.
The Serbia international is reported by the Mirror to have been a long-term target of the Blues.
The newspaper claims that Grant is part of Chelsea’s attempt to woo the youngster from the jaws of Italian giants: Inter Milan.
The forward has already travelled to England to meet Bransilav Ivanovic.
Markovic would not be the only 19-year-old forward to have recently joined the Blues. Romelu Lukaku is more than competition when it comes to exciting prospects upfront for Chelsea.
The Belgian has scored 14 goals while on loan at West Brom while he has only started 14 times.
Other competition for Markovic, who is yet to score his first goal in first-class football would be 19-year-old Lucas Piazon who has played in ten games for Malaga on loan and making his Premier League debut in Chelsea’s 8-0 win against Aston Villa this season.
Whatever the future is for Markovic, if he ends up at Stamford Bridge it will surely be a tough career spending some time being over-shadowed at the club.