Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic’s move to Anderlecht collapsed after the Serbian failed to agree personal terms, according to the Belgian club’s manager.
The 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan in Belgium, and the Jupiler Pro League side were keen to make it a permanent deal.
Anderlecht had agreed a £2.9million transfer fee with the Reds, but the team’s boss Hein Vanhaezebrouck said that Markovic decided to reject their offer of a three-year deal. He was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying:
“Our president and sports director did everything to convince Markovic. They waited until Liverpool lowered the price. They almost did a crazy effort for the player, but it wasn’t enough. It’s his own fault that the deal fell through.”
It means Liverpool are now unlikely to receive any fee for the midfielder with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.
Markovic joined the club for £20million from Benfica four years ago but has failed to live up to expectations. His last competitive game for the first team was in May 2015 when he came on as a substitute against QPR in a 2-1 win.
He has been on four loan spells since then at Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Hull City and Anderlecht.