Arsenal have emerged as interested suitors for Benfica winger, Andrija Živković, with the 20-year-old currently representing Serbia at this summer’s u21 Euros in Poland.

According to reports from Portuguese newspaper Record as well as the Express, the Gunners are keeping tabs on the versatile attacker’s progress.

Having joined Benfica from Serbian side Partizan around this time last year, Živković has made 24 senior appearances to date. 11 assists across all competitions as well as a goal during their 3-3 Cup semi-final draw against Estoril highlight his attacking quality whilst justifying why he’s so highly-rated.

He has a release clause of £52.5m written into his existing contract, which doesn’t expire until the summer of 2021. Benfica will be keen to keep hold of the talented youngster whilst avoiding the ‘supermarket’ tag that can come with regularly offloading your best players when bigger clubs come calling.

This summer already, they’ve sold first-choice goalkeeper Ederson (Manchester City, £34m) and centre-back Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United, £30m).

Along with right-back Pedro Pereira and midfielder André Horta, Zivkovic is one of Benfica’s most talented prospects and they’ll be aware of interest given the number of scouts at international tournaments.

It’s highly unlikely that Arsenal would be tempted to make a formal approach for Zivkovic’s services now, unless they were alerted that more of Europe’s top clubs are interested.

If any deal was to be completed, Arsenal would be sure to offer significantly less than the £52.5m figure in his release clause.

Zivkovic’s Serbia side have Spain, Portugal and Macedonia in their u21 European Championship group, so it’ll be interesting to track his progress as the tournament continues. They lost their opening game against Portugal, 2-0. Živković started and played the full match.

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