Manchester United have expressed readiness to sign Filip Stevanovic from Partizan Belgrade for around £10.8million.
In addition, he will spend next season back on loan at Partizan in the Serbian Premier League.
How good is he and what will he bring to the team?
Here are 4 things you need to know about Filip Stevanovic.
1. He is the youngest player to score in Europa League
Stevanovic became the youngest player to score in a UEFA competition for Partizan after scoring against Welsh side Connah’s Quay in the Europa League third qualifying round.
He then marked his first league start with a goal against Macva. Moreover, he provided nine goals and three assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.
The 17-year-old also played against United in the Europa League earlier this season, coming on as a late substitute in both group games.
2. He plays as a left winger
Stevanovic is a skilful forward who has largely operated as a left winger during the 2019-20 season, but he can play on the right wing and also through the middle.
Naturally right-footed, he likes to drive at defenders by cutting inside and his creativity is a key asset for his side.
He has been compared to United legend Cristiano Ronaldo in his native Serbia and previously admitted that his footballing idol was Ronaldinho.
3. Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus Want To Sign Him
The biggest teams in Europe have expressed interest in the teenager.
“We have had an offer on the table for Filip Stevanovic for six months now, which is over €10 million,” Partizan coach Savo Milosevic told TV Happy.
“Now the deal will be much more complicated, but if the team can pick up from where we left off [before lockdown] and he plays the way he did in the autumn, then I am sure that the price will return quickly.
“I am convinced that soon the whole of Europe will hear about him and that these goals will become a regular occurrence.”
4. Filip Stevanovic Has Bigger Goals
“I don’t like to praise myself, because I think others should do it, but I like dribbling the most,” Stevanovic told MONDO. “Dribbling is perhaps my best characteristic as a footballer.
“I have to take care of everything, even the smallest details. Some think it’s too early for that, but I have bigger goals. I can only reach those goals if I stay fully dedicated.”