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The Lazar Markovic-Chelsea mystery is finally resolved

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Stu Forster

Lazar Markovic's situation has always been more than a little bit confusing. For months before his transfer to Benfica, the Serbian press insisted he was joining Chelsea, and even after it became clear that the Portuguese outfit had signed him on a permanent deal they were insisting that the Blues were somehow involved. As it turns out, they were correct:

All of which means that Markovic is essentially parked at the Estadio da Luz until he becomes good enough to be worth Chelsea buying him for what should amount to 15 million (or doesn't, in which case it's not really our problem). It's a strange way of doing business -- the negotiations for a permanent deal don't often involve three teams, as this one must have -- but it's a fascinating one, and I'm curious to see how it turns out.

Oh, and if you wanted to see the 19-year-old in action, here's a fun one for you: