Arsene Wenger’s glorious realm at Arsenal will come to an end on Sunday afternoon when the Gunners will feature against Huddersfield Town in season’s ultimate encounter.
But their downfall in recent years hit the new low this term when they failed to challenge for a ‘top four’ finish and also got knocked out from the Europa League semifinal, thus, ruining their chances of a backdoor entry to Champions League football by winning the title. It’s still unclear who will succeed Wenger as the Emirates boss but the club is already weighing up options for summer to strengthen the squad and bounce back shaking off latest shambles.
If reports are believed to be true, the Gunners are plotting swoop for Serbian youngster Andrija Živković who impressed immensely in limited opportunities for Portuguese heavyweights Benfica and holds a bright future ahead in terms of versatility, vision, movements, and build-up play. The 21-year-old attacker has a €60m buy-out clause in his contract but the Gunners are not hiding from spending big and have splashed the cash to rope in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in back to back transfer windows. Živković is still young but exhibited glimpses of excellence and mastery to become one of Europe’s supreme talents in near future.
The asking fee, however, is indeed hefty particularly for someone who is yet to prove his worth week in week out at a top level. The midfield attacker, who is also capable of playing on the flanks, has appeared 52 times for Benfica since completing his Bosman move from Serbian outfit Partizan a couple of seasons back. Živković has represented his country in several youth ranks and also made 9 senior appearances already. He is rated quite highly back in his country and also in Portugal where he is making great strides in club football. Arsenal have banked on the prodigious young guns in their illustrious history and the signing of the Serbian star might be the latest addition to that long list of names.