Partizan Belgrade have announced Chelsea are 'owners' of Lazar Markovic.

The Serbia winger is set to sign for Benfica, but Partizan president Dragan Djuric says he will move there on-loan from Chelsea.

"It is true, Chelsea will send Markovic out on a loan for two years," Djuric told Sportski Zurnal.

"But I really hope that Chelsea and Benfica will not come to agreement so Markovic will stay with us for at least the next six months."