By Dave Marshall
According to reports in Portugal, Manchester United are showing keen interest in SL Benfica attacker Andrija Zivkovic. The Serbian winger has been on United’s radar for a while and he is a player that is interesting the Special One, and he has now assigned scouts to keep tabs on the player’s development, as per report from Portuguese source O Jogo.
Scouts have been watching the SL Benfica man in action before the Champions League draw pitted both clubs in the same group.
The 21-year-old has drawn the attention of many from Europe with Arsenal also monitoring the progress of the player. He grew from the ranks of the Partizan Belgrade academy where he made his official debut for both club and country at the age of 17 which is an outstanding feat for a player of such age.
Being named the captain of a club like Partizan Belgrade at the age of 17 shows how special he is. In the summer of 2016, he left his boyhood club Partizan Belgrade for SL Benfica on a free transfer. The Serbian winger is one of the most exciting and sought after youngsters in Europe currently, his versatility makes him stand out, as he can play as a solitary striker and can also play anywhere behind the striker as an attacking midfielder.
He is blessed with so much pace and played a key role in Serbia’s U-20 World Cup triumph in 2015 scoring two goals and providing two assists.
Jose Mourinho’s wish to add a wide attacker to his squad this summer didn’t work out after move for Ivan Perisic and Gareth Bale didn’t materialise, and with the Red Devils competing on all fronts both home and abroad, it is left to be seen if a move to Old Trafford in the winter or summer might be on the cards for the Serbian attacker. The 21-year-old made a total of 24 appearances for SL Benfica last season scoring just one goal.