Fenerbahce have claimed Liverpool are not prepared to sell loanee Lazar Markovic for a fee of less than £20million.
Markovic is on loan with the Turkish club after falling out of favour with former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and the 21-year-old has put in a string of impressive performances.
That has led to Fenerbahce enquiring about a permanent deal for the Serbia star, but according to newspaper Sabah Liverpool have blocked any permanent deal for the player with Liverpool refusing a £20million approach.
Markovic joined Liverpool from Benfica for £20million in the summer of 2014 but struggled to make an impact under Rodgers at Anfield and was then loaned to Fenerbahce for the season last August.
The player this week revealed the strained relationship with Rodgers that led to him being loaned out to the Turkish club, but new boss Jurgen Klopp has been keen to give Liverpool’s loanees a chance since his arrival.
The German has recalled several of the club’s youngsters and handed them game time in the FA Cup, but Markovic’s deal means he cannot be recalled early. Still Klopp is believed to be keen to assess Markovic, who he has had watched in every game this season, at Anfield this summer when his loan deal expires.
Markovic, who scored three times for Liverpool, has appeared 15 times for Fenerbahce this season, scoring once against Celtic in the Europa League.