Is the “New Messi” Coming to The Blues?

Serbian winger, Andrija Zivkovic has been dubbed as the “new Messi”, by the Belgian media after his key exploits in the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, where Serbia defeated Brazil 2 – 1 in the Finals.

Zivkovic plays as a winger for SuperLiga club Partizan. He is the youngest player ever to make a senior appearance for the Serbian national team, as well as the youngest captain to lead his club. This has drawn Chelsea’s attention to the youngster.

Zivkovic joined Partizan in September 2009. He is a member of a promising young generation, alongside Danilo Pantic and Nemanja Radonjic, among others. He made his competitive debut for their first team on April 28, 2013 in a league fixture against Navi Pazar, replacing Darko Brasanc after 65 minutes of the match that ended in a goalless draw.

A Belgian newspaper, Het Belang van Limburg have documented him as the best talent coming through at the moment and the Chelsea target has been highlighted as one to watch out for. The youngster scored seven goals in 40 appearances for Partizan this season, which has been enough to convince Mourinho to consider an offer, according to reports.

If successful with a bid, it is said that the Blues would immediately send the youngster out on a loan, due to work permit complications. The midfielder has only represented Serbia twice since making his debut in 2013, and therefore under the criteria for work permits Chelsea would have to apply for one to be issued.

Hence, an option to loan him out seems rational, and at the same time he is likely to get more first team action, something that Chelsea have done in many instances with several promising youngsters.

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Edited By: Harshal

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