If the latest reports are to be believed, North London-based Premier League giants Arsenal are looking to add more youngsters to their roster and Italian Serie A club Fiorentina’s Serbian youngster Adem Ljajic has aroused interest in the
club and will look to make a move for the player in the summer transfer window.
Ljajic, 20, who can be used both as a second striker and an attacking midfielder, was previously set to join English heavyweights Manchester United from his first senior club, Serbian Superliga champions Partizan Belgrade. But United withdrew their decision to sign the player in December 2009 due to work permit problems and Ljajic moved to Italy with Fiorentina.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is widely known to bring in fresh talent rather than spending and buying star players, will look to seal off the deal, provided the report, according to Tribal Football, is true.
The Gunners could use a second striker behind the club’s captain and Dutchman Robin van Persie. The fact that the player can also operate as an attacking midfielder and provide intelligent forward passes will be an added bonus for the club.
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Following the collapse of the proposed move of Ljajic to United, Partizan manager Goran Stevanovic claimed that the situation had put Ljajic into “psychological shock,” but that the player was “handling the situation well.” Partizan's Director of Football Ivan Tomic also stated “I think that they (Manchester United) will regret this decision in future.”
Ljajic, who moved to Fiorentina from Partizan in 2009, has made a total of 53 appearances for the Stadio Artemio Franchi-based club and has also managed to find the back of the net four times.