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Liverpool close in on Markovic and Origi

Mike Whalley | ESPN FC
July 7, 2014
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Liverpool will continue to spend the money they are expected to receive for Luis Suarez this week as they close in on deals for Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi.

The club are also stepping up their bid to convince Alexis Sanchez to swap the Nou Camp for Anfield as part of the move that would take Suarez to Barcelona.

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Sources have told ESPN that a fee of £20m has been agreed for Benfica and Serbia winger Markovic, 20, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea in the past 18 months, while talks with Origi can now begin following Belgium's elimination from the World Cup.

Liverpool also agreed a fee - thought to be £6m rising to £9.5m - with Lille for the 19-year-old striker before the tournament, during which Origi has put in some eye-catching displays. It is expected he will remain at the French club on loan next season.

Meanwhile, the newspaper claims that Liverpool have not given on Sanchez, despite the Chile forward's apparent desire to join Arsenal or Juventus, and are in talks with the player's representatives.

But Liverpool will accept a straight cash deal for Suarez after Barcelona made it clear they are willing to meet Suarez's buy-out clause - which is said to be between £63m and £80m.

Liverpool have completed three signings so far this summer, bringing in Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can as well as two England internationals from Southampton - striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana.

Lazar Markovic spent last season at Benfica, having signed from Partizan - the club he joined as a 12-year-old © Getty Images
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