According to a report by Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa is very interested in signing Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic this month.
Di Marzio’s report claims Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to recall him from his loan spell at Fenerbahce, while the Turkish club would like him to stay until the end of the campaign.
For Fiorentina, a potential January deal will therefore be extremely difficult to pull off.
"Fiorentina are interested in finding a new offensive alternative in January. The Tuscan club's coach Paulo Sousa is very interested in Lazar Markovic who is owned by Liverpool but on loan to Fenerbahce," the report reads.
Markovic joined the Reds in the summer of 2014 following an impressive season with Portuguese giants Benfica, a transfer which was widely praised among the club’s supporters.
However, despite arriving at Anfield with a good reputation and bags of potential, Markovic struggled to make an impact and spent much of the campaign on the periphery of the first team.
This season, he was sent out on loan in order to aid his development, with the winger playing 11 matches thus far in the Turkish top flight as well as two Europa League ties.
The 21-year-old seems to be in good form and has subsequently impressed Fiorentina. Unless they offer an absurd figure, though, it’s unlikely the Tuscan club will be able to sign him this month.
Liverpool’s attacking woes this season make recalling Markovic from his loan spell appear a reasonable option.