Chelsea can buy share of Serb star for €7.5m

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Chelsea are reported to have secured an option to acquire Lazar Markovic from Benfica, that will first require the west London club to buy the 50 percent share the Portuguese giants currently have in the player.

According to Record, the Blues can recruit Markovic at a total cost of €15 million, with half of that fee going to Benfica for the percentage stake they own in the player, with the remaining 50 percent belonging to Pini Zahavi, the famed agent.

Should a deal be completed then Benfica would be making a profit of only €1 million on their outlay from last summer, with Markovic arriving at the Estadio da Luz from Partizan Belgrade in early July.

Chelsea had long appeared set secure the transfer of the 19-year-old winger, but the report from Record suggests the Stamford Bridge club had been able to broker a deal due to the links between Zahavi and Roman Abramovich.

The waters regarding the ownership of Markovic have always been slightly muddied, with Partizan chairman Dragan Djuric claiming that the player had been loaned to Benfica by Chelsea for two seasons.

Record seem to believe they have the latest line on the situation of the talented youngster, and it would seem rather likely that he will end up a Chelsea player at some point in the not too distant future.

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