A bit of transfer talk from Serbia

As with every other league in the world, the Serbian super league experiences the Annual Summer Transfer Rumour Chitter-Chatter. Last week the Titus Bramble To Red Star story was doing the rounds – nothing has come of that so far (shock) – but nothing more exciting than that has turned up recently.

Red Star have been linked with Azubuike Egwuekwe, a towering centre back from Nigeria’s Confed Cup squad. Such a signing would surely put paid to the Bramble rumours – alas – especially considering that Red Star have already brought Peruvian centre back Miguel Araujo Blanco to the club. Egwuekwe is a pretty decent prospect, and a player of his class will surely stand out in the Serbian league, so this would be a great piece of business for Red Star.

Meanwhile, it looks as if Stefan Šćepović of Partizan could be on his way to Spain to join Sporting Gijon. Stefan’s younger brother Marko, also at Partizan, has himself been linked with a transfer to foreign climes, so this is something that might make such a move more likely, although this is very much conjecture.

Interestingly, two Japanese footballers, Keisuke Ogawa and Shohei Okuno, are on trial at Sloboda Užice, a regional club from the west of Serbia.

So, a thrilling round-up there, as you can see. When something more exciting happens, I’ll be sure to let you know. Fingers crossed for the Bramble deal.

Mitrović not yet an Arsenal player

Aleksandar Mitrović

Despite being strongly linked over the past few weeks with a move to Arsenal, FK Partizan’s young centre-forward Aleksandar Mitrović may remain on the Belgrade side’s books for at least another season.

The player himself has stated, via Twitter, that ‘contact’ had been made between Arsenal and his club, but clarified that no deal was agreed upon. Furthermore, Partizan’s president, Dragan Đurić, has affirmed that Mitrović will not be permitted to sign for the North London club.

‘There is no chance that we will sell Aleksandar Mitrović this summer. I think it’s time to put an end to that story. The only possibility this summer is that Marko Ščepović will go abroad.’

Temporarily at least, Đurić’s statement seems to have put paid to speculation regarding the 19-year-old’s immediate future. However, it remains to be seen whether or not – or, perhaps more accurately, for how long – Partizan can hold on to a player who has impressed greatly over the past year or so.

Mitrović, an agile and aggressive punta, has recently been called-up to Serbia’s senior national team by Siniša Mihajlović. A long-standing lack of quality amongst Serbian centre-forwards means that Mitrović is already being tipped to become the nation’s next regular ‘number nine.’

As a result of his progression, the man from Smederevo has been mentioned in connection with several reputed clubs from around Europe. Aside from Arsenal, other interested parties are thought to include Serie A runners-up Napoli, Dutch heavyweights Ajax and PSV, and Portuguese champions FC Porto.

Only time will reveal how much longer Mitrović continues to ply his trade in Belgrade, and whether or not the words of Dragan Đurić are anything other than a bargaining ploy. As with most things transfer-related, the only thing to do is wait and see.

(Sources: b92.net)