Winner of the European under-19 Golden Ball award last summer, Serbian wonderkid Aleksandar Mitrovic found himself at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war.
The striker had broken into the Partizan Belgrade first team netting 13 goals, earning a full international call-up for his country ahead of the under-19 tournament.
Sky Italia claimed Arsenal had agreed a deal to sign him back in June, ahead of Napoli, Fiorentina and Porto.
In the end it was however Belgian side Anderlecht who won the race for his signature at €5 million, able to offer Mitrovic the promise of a first team spot, crucial for the development of such a highly rated young talent.
The forward has enjoyed a strong season so far with 13 goals in 23 games for the club, while he has six in six for Serbia's under-21 side, including two last night netted against Belgium.
His performances are gaining praise, and countryman and former Liverpool flop Milan Jovanovic, a Jupiler Pro League veteran with Anderlecht, has given his view on his future.
He is adamant in his belief Mitrovic can reach the very top, but does not think Arsenal are the Premier League club for him. Instead he pinpoints a Premier League title rival, and not his former side either.
He told Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade: ""When I came to Standard in 2006, I was 25 and I played for Vojvodina Novi Sad, Shakhtar Donetsk and Lokomotiv Moscow.
"On his 25th Mitrovic should play at Manchester City or a big German club. He's a real finisher, a scourge in the box. You can never be 100% sure, but I predicted it all in Romelu Lukaku. Mitrovic is different, but he is built for the summit."
City fans, it's well worth checking Mitrovic out below, for he shows all the signs of being able to develop into a top class centre-forward.
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