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Liverpool transfer news, Reds close in on Markovic, makes Sanchez move more unlikely

A selection of the latest transfer news involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Liverpool are closing in on Benfica winger Lazar Markovic according to several reports, suggesting the Reds are hoping to complete a deal for the 20-year-old this week. 

There have been rumours in Portugal that a deal has already been done but the Liverpool Echo has reported there has yet to be a formal approach for the Serbian.

The Guardian is reporting that a deal for Markovic means that it looks increasingly unlikely the Reds will land Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean also attracting the interests of Arsenal.

There were reports that Liverpool were hoping to strike a deal with Barcelona that would involve Sanchez heading to Anfield as part of the deal that takes Luis Suarez to the Nou Camp. The figure for the deal that would take Suarez to Barcelona still varies between £65 million and £80 million depending on the source.

The BBC have reported the Reds are in advanced talks with Markovic, and that Liverpool are also hoping to discuss personal terms with young Belgium striker Divock Origi after agreeing a deal with Lille for around £10 million.

It has been said that Liverpool are prepared to loan the 19-year-old back to the Ligue 1 club for a season in order to aid his development. 

Origi has impressed during this summer's World Cup as Belgium reached the quarter-finals of the competition, but were knocked out by Argentina on Saturday. He scored the winning goal for Belgium against Russia in the group stages. 

A lot of reports are now suggesting that Brendan Rodgers will look at strengthening his defence. Dejan Lovren from Southampton has been heavily linked, and he gave an interview saying his 'head was already at Liverpool' whilst the Reds have been linked with a new left-back, with Alberto Moreno and Ryan Bertrand both mentioned.

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