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The Blues have stepped up their interest in the Partizan Belgrade youngster with a reported fee of £14 million expected to scare off competition from the Merseyside club

Chelsea are set to beat off Liverpool for the £14 million signing of 17-year-old Partizan Belgrade striker Lazar Markovic, according to reports in The Mirror.

The Serbian youngster has made only 16 appearances for Partizan, scoring six goals, and has been capped for his country at U-17 and U-19 levels.

It is understood that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has already sent his agents to seal the signing.


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