1st summer signing: Arsenal transfer team jet out to seal deal for star winger

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Andrija Zivkovic’s ‘entourage’ are expecting a bid from Arsenal for the 21-year-old according to an exclusive obtained by Sport Witness.

Arsenal have scouted Zivkovic repeatedly this season and have been impressed with what they have seen, resulting in more intensive scouting as Luis Boa Morte keeps a close watch on him.

In all, Arsenal have been scouting Zivkovic for at least two years.

They tried to buy him in 2016 when he was at Partizan Belgrade before he moved to Benfica on a free transfer.

Zivkovic spent his youth years at Partizan where he made his senior debut at 16 and first captained the side aged just 17.

He is also the youngest Serbian international footballer in history.

Zivkovic made 24 appearances last season for Benfica, scoring one goal and grabbing 11 assists in the process as he slowly made himself a regular first team player. This season he has three goals and six assists in 29 appearances.

The winger is very good with the ball at his feet and loves to be in possession, making runs down the flank and taking on his opponents with bursts of pace and dribbling.

He is left footed but plays mostly on the right wing, often cutting inside and positioning himself around the box. His right leg is also nicely developed and the player is comfortable using both feet if necessary.

Zivkovic makes an average of 1.5 chances and 1.36 key passes per-game.

Crossing and set-pieces are his main weapons, as he has the ability to send in very precise long balls to the forwards and he even got a few of his assists that way.

Zivkovic is also very responsible with his defensive duties and keeps track of his player.

Zivkovic has the potential to make a great career for himself at any of the top European clubs and is considered to be one of the very best Serbian talents to have come from their youth ranks.

He is still very young and Arsenal could mould him to fit the squad however the new coach wishes. With the lack of quality on the right wing at Arsenal, the player could become one of the main stars over the next few seasons.

Although he arrived at Benfica for free, reports claim the youngster has a release clause in his contract of £52.5m (€60m), a fee Zivkovic’s people are concerned Arsenal won’t meet.

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