Arsenal sent a scout to watch Serbian winger Andrija Zivkovic play in the Portuguese cup, according to reports.

The Portuguese press typically publishes lists of scouts who attend matches.

Arsenal scouts frequently appear on those said lists, and they did so again for Benfica’s cup game against Portimonense.

According to O Jogo (via Sport Witness), Arsenal were watching Serbian winger Andrija Zivkovic.

The report says that Arsenal are very interested in the 21-year-old and could make an offer in January.

However, another Portuguese outlet, Correio da Manhã, did not list Arsenal as a potential destination when they reported that the Serb wanted to leave the club.

Zivkovic has played just 749 minutes for Benfica this season.

He’s struggled to establish himself in their first team since arriving from Partizan Belgrade in 2016.

Despite this, he still has a £53m release clause, which Benfica would expect any interested club to pay.

Arsenal have been linked with him several times over the months.

They could be in need of a new left winger should they lose Alexis Sanchez in January or in the summer.

Given Zivkovic’s lack of playing time, though, there has to be doubts about whether he could be the one to replace him.

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