Disclaimer: This is just a theory and I don't have any proof whatsoever.
So, yesterday it was claimed that Chelsea has captured the high-rated serbian and are about to ship him to Benfica on a two year loan (WAGNH link here).
End of a saga: Chelsea has loaned Markovic to Benfica for two years.
I will say just the most important.
"Partuzan sold Lazar Markovic last year to an investment fund that is owned by Pini Zahari, who alegedly has stocks in Chelsea."
" Markovic has gone trough all test in Chelsea, in the winter, and he made a deal with them. Partizan was given the money much more earlier."
"Chelsea wants to loan Markovic to Benfica for two years, frankly speaking. I pray to God that they don’t come to an agreement and that Lazar will stay in Partizan for atleast six months. – was told us yesterday by Dragan Djuric, President of Partizan."
" It is interesting that Markovic didn’t go to Serbia, after the defeat from Belgia, instead he travelled to Portugal, with his agents to make a deal with Benfica"
Later the same day Benfica announced that they've signed the partizan for a 5 year deal (here). Also, I came across an article stating that Chelsea lose out on Wonderkid due to 3rd Party ownership.
Now, this leaves us into situation thinking either one of them is lying. Whether its a big club like Benfica, or its the President of Partizan Belgrade. It looks very odd that the personalities/club of such stature would reveal something in front of the media when its not true (after all he is not Adriano Gilliani).
So, here comes my theory. What I think is neither one of them is lying. Partizan prez is right from the start and so is Benfica. i.e. Its Benfica who bought Markovic, but its Chelsea who paid for him (fully or partially) with some clause that he'll be sold or returned (based on how much Chelsea paid for him) to Chelsea after 2 years. This also explains the loan Partizan president is talking about i.e. its a psuedo-loan arrangement as Chelsea cannot loan him unless they own him. Why did Chelsea do this?. Simply because Third-Party ownership laws in UK prevents Chelsea to buy the youngster, and such a thing is allowed in Portugal.
So, I'll leave you all with this thought. And again, this is just a theory and I don't have any proof what so ever so please don't start bashing me :)
Leave comments below on what you think of this?