Transfer News – Arsenal FC are set to complete the signing of 18-year-old Partizan striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
While he is not one of the established big name signings that the Gooners were expecting from the club, Mitrovic could become the third highly talented youngster to sign for Arsenal in this summer, after the club has reportedly reached an agreement with Yaya Sanogo and are believed to closing in on Aston Villa youngster Dan Crowley.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is a Partizan youth academy product and has been at the club since the age of 11. After spending four years in the youth set-up, he played for Partizan affiliated club Teleoptik in the 2011-12 season. His talent caught everyone’s attention in Serbia and he made his debut for the Serbian U-19 side in the same season. The last season he played for his parent club Partizan and scored 10 goals in 25 appearances (in the league) for the team, as Belgrade club won the league by a comfortable margin.
Mitrovic also made his debut in the Europa league this season as Partizan were knocked out in the group stages. But Mitrovic did leave his mark in the final game of group H as he scored his first Europa League goal in drew level for his club against FK Neftchi, although he also got a red card in the second half of the match (after coming on as a substitute). Sinisa Mihajlovic (Serbian coach) said this about Mitrovic few days back, before the qualifier match against Belgium –
“The lad has earned his first cap but I have yet to decide whether he will start against Belgium or if he will play any part at all.
“He is young, brave, talented and has a killer instinct akin to top strikers, hence he might be the ultimate solution to our problems up front and I think he is the best striker we have”
According to reports back in Serbia and in Sky Italia, Arsenal have closed in on the young striker and the signing could be made official within a week. Sky Italia journalist Gianluca di Marcio reported this news, although it is yet to be confirmed by either of the clubs.
“One of the best young players in Europe. called Aleksandar Mitrovic and who scored 15 goals last season. was born in 1994, played for Partizan Belgrade, along with Lazar Markovic. Arsenal are expected to completed the move next week” – Gianluca di Marcio wrote.
Mitrovic made it to the team of the year in SuperLiga and will be another good addition to the Arsenal squad. Although it is unlikely that Wenger is signing him to be part of the first team squad next season. The London club has released a lot of their young players from the reserve team in the last two weeks, so the likes of Sanogo and Mitrovic are likely to be part of the Arsenal’s youth set-up now. But in few years’ time, Mitrovic might very well become a house hold name, considering his talent.