Man Utd to rival Arsenal in summer for long-term winger target

Date published: Monday 19th March 2018 10:11 - Matthew Briggs

Arsenal have again sent scouts to watch Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic, but Manchester United are also watching him, according to reports.

Gunners scouts have made numerous checks on the 21-year-old this season and they are believed to be ready to make a bid for the player in the summer.

Arsene Wenger is understood to have been willing to sign the youngster in 2016 when Zivkovic moved from Partizan Belgrade on a free transfer.

Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report than Arsenal, who watched Zivkovic against Portimonense last month, watched the player again during Benfica’s 2-0 win over Feirense this weekend.

The same source though claims that Manchester United have also sent scouts to watch the player and the Daily Mirror says the two could go head to head for the player, who has a reported £52.5million release clause, at the end of the season.

O Jogo recently reported that Arsenal scouts also Zivkovic in action in a midfield role as Benfica hammered Rio Ave at the start of February.

The same paper has previously claimed that Jose Mourinho had been alerted to the player after his backroom team started scouting Benfica after the two teams were drawn together in Champions League Group A.

The Serbian, who  is contracted to the club until 2021, has scored three goals and grabbed five assists in 234 appearances this season.

Last term the right winger made 24 appearances, scoring once and grabbing 11 assists as Benfica claimed the league title.

 

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