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Arsenal strike option on verge of record breaking Anderlecht deal

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Young striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, linked with Arsenal earlier this summer, is said to be close to becoming Anderlecht's most expensive ever player.

A couple of months ago, Arsenal were said to be close to agreeing a deal to sign one of Europe's most impressive young strikers - Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The 18-year-old has already become a first team regular at Partizan Belgrade, scoring 10 goals in his domestic league last season as well as a further three in the Europa League and Champions League qualifiers.

He was even called into Serbia's international team, making his debut against Belgium this summer.

Mitrovic was then called back into Serbia's under-19 team, leading his country to the final of this summer's tournament, where they narrowly defeated France to lift the trophy.

He is now on the verge of completing a transfer away from his homeland, but it is not to Arsenal, but Belgian side Anderlecht instead.

Belgian website DHBnet report that a five-year deal has been agreed in principle between Mitrovic and Anderlecht.

Mitrovic was in action this week in Partizan's qualifier against Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad, which they lost 1-0.

No deal is likely to be completed before next week's second leg, but prior to the first- Mitrovic spoke glowingly about a potential switch to Belgium:

"It is possible that I leave, Anderlecht is the best club for my development. I will participate in the Champions League. After consultation with my dad and Nenad Jestrovic, my counselor, I am convinced that Anderlecht is the right choice."

It is claimed Anderlecht are to offer Partizan €5 million for the striker's signature, and 10 per cent of any future sale.

Such a fee would be a record transfer for the Belgian champions, who recently added another impressive star of the European under-19s championships, Spain's Fede Vico, to their ranks for just €2 million.

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