Everything you need to know about Man Utd target Filip Stevanovic
Manchester United have reportedly won the race to sign Filip Stevanovic from Partizan Belgrade – but how good is he and what will he bring to the team?
According to Serbian outlet Republika, United are set to sign Stevanovic for around £10.8million, and he will spend next season back on loan at Partizan.
We’ve brought you the lowdown on the talented teenager who could be heading to Old Trafford in the near future.
His career so far
Born in Uzice, Serbia, Stevanovic started his career at local club Vranic Arilje before joining the youth system of Partizan Belgrade at the age of nine in 2011.
He started training with the senior squad shortly after his 16th birthday and made his first-team debut against Rad in December 2018, becoming the third youngest debutant in the club’s history.
After making three first-team appearances in 2018-19, he earned a permanent promotion into Savo Milosevic’s senior squad in 2019-20.
Stevanovic became the youngest player to score in a UEFA competition for Partizan after scoring against Welsh side Connah’s Quay in the Europa League third qualifying round.
He then marked his first league start with a goal against Macva and provided nine goals and three assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.
The 17-year-old also played against United in the Europa League earlier this season, coming on as a late substitute in both group games.
He has made three appearances for Serbia’s Under-19s and earned his first call-up the Under-21 squad in October 2019.
Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus have previously been linked with the teenager, who was was shortlisted in The Guardian’s Next Generation 2019 list.
Filip Stevanovic pretty much confirming his move to Manchester United now the news has broken. Filip is a red! 🔴 pic.twitter.com/kAHo7xZQgV
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) August 14, 2020
Where does he play?
Stevanovic is a skilful forward who has largely operated as a left winger during the 2019-20 season, but he can play on the right wing and also through the middle.
Naturally right-footed, he likes to drive at defenders by cutting inside and his creativity is a key asset for his side.
He has been compared to United legend Cristiano Ronaldo in his native Serbia and previously admitted that his footballing idol was Ronaldinho.
What they said
– “We have had an offer on the table for Filip Stevanovic for six months now, which is over €10 million,” Partizan coach Savo Milosevic told TV Happy in April 2020.
“Now the deal will be much more complicated, but if the team can pick up from where we left off [before lockdown] and he plays the way he did in the autumn, then I am sure that the price will return quickly.”
– “I am convinced that soon the whole of Europe will hear about him and that these goals will become a regular occurrence,” Milosevic said after Stevanovic’s strike against Connah’s Quay.
A glimpse of what 🇷🇸 Filip Stevanović (17) can do. 🔥
Imagine this at Manchester United ⤵️
— Football Wonderkids (@fbwonderkids) August 15, 2020
In his own words
– “I don’t like to praise myself, because I think others should do it, but I like dribbling the most,” Stevanovic told MONDO in January 2019. “Dribbling is perhaps my best characteristic as a footballer.
“I have to take care of everything, even the smallest details. Some think it’s too early for that, but I have bigger goals. Those can only be reached if I’m fully dedicated.”