Report: Arsenal ready to battle Spurs and Europe’s elite to sign record-breaking forward Luka Jovic

Arsenal will reportedly fight Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax, Porto and Atletico Madrid for Red Star Belgrade forward Luka Jovic.

According to Portuguese publication A Bola, Arsenal will battle Ajax, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, among others, for the signature of 17-year-old forward Luka Jovic.

The report states Porto are ready to offer €5 million for 50% of the player, but face strong competition from the North London duo and the reigning champions of Spain and Holland ahead of what promises to be a fiercely competitive transfer scramble.

The Serbian, who has scored five goals in 20 first-team appearances this season, has become one of the most highly sought-after players in his home nation after breaking Inter Milan legend Dejan Stankovic’s record as Red Star Belgrade’s youngest ever goalscorer.

He scored just five minutes into his debut in a 3-3 draw which was enough to see Red Star claim the Serbian SuperLiga title.

Who is Luka Jovic and why is he so highly rated?

The 17-year-old is a Serbia under-19 international with a consistent record of scoring goals regardless of what level he is asked to play at.

He scored three goals in six appearances for Serbia’s under-16 side, four in five appearances for Serbia’s under-17 side and four in eight for the under-19 side.

If you also consider his record-breaking goal which helped Red Star lift the title and strike rate at first team level then you get a very impressive youngster who promises to one day to be one of Europe’s elite.

Nevertheless, the competition for his signature is very strong and both Premier League clubs – Tottenham and Arsenal – will do well to shake off the interest from the rest of the pack. If a deal does become possible, however, it would be in the both side’s best interest to get the deal over the line ahead of the competition.

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