Arsenal Keeping Tabs on Serbian Winger as Scouts are Sent to the U21 Championships

​Arsenal are keeping tabs on the Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic, with the Portuguese newspaper ​Record reporting that the Gunners have sent scouts to watch the 20-year old Serbian in action at the ongoing European Under-21 Championships. 

Zivkovic started Serbia’s opening group match which resulted in a 2-0 defeat to Portugal, with the winger also a key part of the Serbian side which lifted the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015. 

He scored the winning penalty in the quarter final against the United States before opening the scoring in the semi-final against Mali. 

Zivkovic’s breakthrough season at club level came at Partizan Belgrade in 2013-14. He scored five goals as his side were pipped to the title by a single point by city rivals Red Star. The following season would see Zivkovic make his debut in European competition, but Partizan would finish bottom of a Europa League group that included Tottenham. 

He would leave his homeland to join Benfica in July 2016 for an undisclosed fee. Initially Zivkovic struggled to break through into the Benfica team, but in the second half of the campaign he became a regular starter as the Eagles were crowned champions of Portugal. 

His only goal for the club came in a 6-2 Cup victory over Leixoes as Benfica went on to complete a domestic double.

Arsenal are said to be looking to bolster their squad with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil reportedly leaving the Emirates this summer. 

Record report though that Arsenal will need to break the bank. Benfica reportedly have put a £52.5m release clause on Zivkovic. If the Gunners were to match that figure then Zivkovic would become the most expensive player in Arsenal’s illustrious history.    

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