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Serbian star Andrija Zivkovic on Arsenal radar

Posted on December 28, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Portuguese media claim that north London club Arsenal continue to monitor Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic.

The Serbian starlet has attracted plenty of interest from a host of European clubs this season despite the fact he is still not a standard first-team regular with the Eagles from Lisbon.

Arsenal emissaries have been spotted in Portugal, keeping a close tab on the pacey winger who last appeared for Benfica in a Taca Da Liga game against Portimorense. Zivkovic started the match but was substituted three minutes after the hour-mark.

The 21-year-old winger has thus far made 6 Primeira Liga outings, that one in the Cup competition and five more in the Champions League.

Despite his limited playing time with Benfica, the World Cup winner with Serbia Under-19 side in 2015 has been dazzling the Arsenal scouts by his speedy on-ball movement and impressive technique.

Portuguese media outlet O Jogo claims Arsenal could submit a bit this January already but Benfica have made moves to secure their negotiating position ahead of the winter transfer market by offering their fledgling player a new contract.

The €7 million valued Serbia international is under contract that expires in 2021 but could put pen to paper on an improved deal that would see him claim a €6 million sign-on bonus, a €2.1 million annual salary – that will grow annually to €5 million.

What is more, if he agrees to sign a contract extension with the Portuguese giants, Zivkovic will pocket a €3 million bonus payment when he gets sold in the future – which Benfica are hoping will be enough of a reason to convince the highly-rated winger to remain in Portugal for a bit longer despite the increasing interest from London.

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