Arsenal to submit bid for Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic when summer transfer window opens

Andrija Zivkovic has impressed since signing for Benfica in 2016 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are ready to submit an official offer for Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic when the summer transfer window opens, according to reports.

Zivkovic, 21, has made an impressive impact at Portuguese outfit Benfica since signing from his boyhood club Partizan Belgrade in 2016.

The Serbia international’s performances helped Benfica win the domestic title last season, while he featured in the Champions League this term, facing Manchester United in the group stage.

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But with Benfica’s title defence set to end in failure – Porto lead the standings by seven points ahead of the final day of the season – the club plan to have a clear-out and sell a number of players.

Zivkovic is no stranger to Premier League interest – he was scouted by Manchester United and Liverpool last season – and he has now caught the attention of Arsenal.

According to Sport Witness, the Gunners will make an offer for Zivkovic once the summer window opens, having been impressed on a number of scouting missions.

The Serb was linked with Manchester United and Liverpool last year (Picture: Getty)

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It is claimed the player’s entourage are excited about the possibility of signing at the Emirates and that he has a release clause written into his current contract worth around £53million.

Arsene Wenger is set to leave Arsenal after 22 years this weekend and he believes the club only need to make ‘two or three’ signings to compete for the Premier League next season.

The Gunners will finish sixth this season, having also missed out on the top four last year.

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Speaking after his departure was confirmed last month, Wenger said: ‘I want to say this team has quality.

‘Two years ago we finished second in the league, last year we made 75 points, won the FA cup, won the Charity Shield, we were in the League Cup final we are in semi-final of Europa League.

‘So these players have quality, hopefully we can show that again before end of the season. Convinced in the future with two or three additions this team can fight for the championship.’

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Jose Mourinho takes subtle swipe at Liverpool moments after Manchester United’s defeat of Benfica

Jose Mourinho’s men got the better of Benfica in Lisbon (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho appeared to have pop at Liverpool in his post-match interview following Manchester United‘s 1-0 defeat of Benfica.

Paul Scholes trolls Romelu Lukaku moments after Man United beat Benfica

The Red Devils strolled to a 1-0 victory over Benfica on Wednesday night after Marcus Rashford caught rookie goalkeeper Mile Svilar off guard with a long-range free-kick in the 64th minute.

Mourinho was hit with a wave of criticism in the aftermath of United’s goalless draw at Anfield and the Portuguese hit back with a patronising put-down of Liverpool moments after the final whistle.

Asked about United’s performance in Lisbon, Mourinho said: ‘We put men around him on corners so he cannot come out. He risks a lot, but only top keepers do that. He was unlucky for the goal.

Jose Mourinho was heavily criticised after the draw at Anfield (Picture: Getty)‘We knew the Benfica pressure could not stay for 90 minutes. The amazing defensive work Liverpool did against us, Benfica could not do that for the whole game.

“Without any pressure, we knew the goal would arrive. We forced a little more and with quality and sharpness we could have killed the game more.’

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A number of fans clocked Mourinho’s subtle dig at Liverpool’s ‘amazing’ work…

Mourinho to BT: “The amazing defensive work Liverpool did at the weekend, we knew Benfica couldn’t match that.”
Exceptional, Jose.
— Ryan Benson (@RyanRyanBenson) October 18, 2017

Cue the piss boiling “we knew benfica couldn’t do the defensive work Liverpool did against us” #Mourinho
— SIMMO (@Simmo9908) October 18, 2017

— Chucky Pancamo (@Hamza_a300) October 18, 2017

Mourinho having a pop at Liverpool again tonight. We really get under his skin dont we.
— Colin Grogan (@ColinGrogan86) October 18, 2017

Mourinho taking a dig at Liverpool and the United board there in the interview
— Eric Campbell (@EricAnRi) October 18, 2017

Mourinho talking about Liverpool in a post match interview v Benfica..
— Keep Sturridge! (@StevieGForcee) October 18, 2017

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