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.