Wednesday 29 January 2020

Savic closes in on Arsenal move after rejecting Tottenham

Giles Mole

Arsenal have been linked with Montenegro defender Stefan Savic.

The 19 year-old, who currently plays for BSK Borca, enjoyed a recent 10-day trial period at Arsenal and talks are reportedly continuing between the two clubs over the fee, which could be around £2.25 million.(€2.56m)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is determined to capture Savic, having lost out to Manchester United in the race to sign Chris Smalling from Fulham.

Savic himself is keen to play under Wenger and claims he has rejected overtures from Arsenal's London rivals Tottenham to ensure a move to the Emirates.

Savic said: "There were offers from Tottenham and Birmingham City, but once a call came from Arsenal, I had no more doubts.

"Arsene Wenger made sure my papers were arranged and my work permit extended so I can be at more training sessions.

"A pre-contract will be signed on Thursday and then I will return to Belgrade and join BSK for their preparations. I will be staying with BSK until May."

Wenger is still reeling from watching his side crumble to a 3-1 defeat to Man United on Sunday, and Savic admits it will be difficult for Arsenal to win the Premier League title now.

"I was on the terraces and it must have been hard for the lads on the pitch," Savic said. "United had a terrific game, especially Nani.

"Wenger was extremely mad during the training session on Monday. This defeat means the league title will be extremely hard to reach right now."

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