Arsenal Keeping Tabs on Benfica Youngster

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Arsenal’s summer transfer plans include Benfica Winger Andrija Zivkovic claims a Daily Mirror report.

It reignites Arsene Wenger’s interest in the 21-year-old. The Frenchman tried to sign the seven-times capped Serb when he left Partizan Belgrade two years ago.

The Gunners reportedly sent scouts to watch the winger during the Eagles 2 – 0 win over Feirense at the weekend. Zivkovic showed his versatility as he played centrally during the victory, with his performance also being watched with interest by Manchester United scouts.

Zivkovic has a five-year contract in Lisbon but the Portuguese clubs have proven adept at spotting talent and buying cheaply to sell on at a high price. Interest from the wealthy Premier League clubs is always welcomed.

Having forced his way into the starting line-up against Rio Ave earlier this season, Zivkovic has become a regular in the XI for Benfica, featuring in 27 of the club’s 37 games since.

He featured in five of the six group games of the club’s disastrous Champions League campaign where they finished bottom, without a win or point and just one point to their name.

His potential was evident at a young age with Sinisa Mihajlovic calling him up to the senior Serbia squad and awarding his first cap at 17. Zivkovic remains the youngest-ever Serbia international.