WIGAN, ENGLAND - Sunday, July 17, 2016: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic in action against Wigan Athletic during a pre-season friendly match at the DW Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

AC Milan hold interest in Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic

Out-of-favour Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic could be set for a move to AC Milan this summer, with the Serie A club interested in a deal.

The 22-year-old is behind the likes of Sadio Mane and Sheyi Ojo in Jurgen Klopp‘s plans on the right flank, and after a season hampered by injury in 2015/16 he has been forced to play catchup.

Without European football with the Reds this season, Markovic will find his opportunities limited.

This has led Klopp to make a bold decision over his future, seemingly offering him to potential buyers this summer, with the likes of Sporting CP and Schalke registering their interest.

Now, according to the Express‘ Paul Joyce, Milan have joined the race to sign the Serbia international.

Whether this is a loan deal or a permanent transfer is unclear, though a season away from Merseyside could benefit the winger, who could then return if Liverpool seal European qualification for 2016/17.

The former Benfica star has the pace, movement and work rate to thrive in Klopp’s attacking system, but lacks the confidence, fitness and opportunity at this stage.

PASADENA, USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2016: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic in action against Chelsea during the International Champions Cup 2016 game on day seven of the club's USA Pre-season Tour at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking at the beginning of August, Klopp said he was undecided on Markovic’s future, saying “there is no final decision in this moment.”

“He’s a good boy and works hard. At the end we will have to see how we will build our squad,” the German explained.

“We have time until August 31 or maybe something will happen earlier, or something will happen on the 31st or something will never happen.

“There is no final decision in this moment. We need all these players for the games and our training sessions and he is part of it.”

Markovic is one of a number of players who could leave Liverpool before the end of August, with Christian Benteke, Mario Balotelli, Luis Alberto, Andre Wisdom and Tiago Ilori all available.

Cameron Brannagan could lead the numbers departing on loan, with Pedro Chirivella, Connor Randall and Taiwo Awoniyi also mooted with temporary moves.

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