After signing Strahinja Pavlović from Partizan, Monaco bought young goalkeeper Đorđe Petrović from another Belgrade side Čukarički.
Serbian newspaper Sportski Žurnal writes that new Monaco manager Niko Kovač expressed a desire to sign a young shot-stopper. This 21-year-old goalkeeper sparked interest from France, Belgium, and Scotland.
Monaco sent Robert Kovač, Niko’s brother, and assistant to watch Petrović. He did that in some Serbian Superliga games this season, and Petrović impressed.
He joined Čukarički last season from IMT Belgrade and immediately became a starter. In 21 games in Superliga last season, he kept 6 clean sheets and conceded 26 times. He even played 2 times for Serbia U21 team.
Serbia continues to produce high-quality goalkeepers. After Predrag Rajković, Marko Dmitrović and Aleksandar Jovanović who made their names abroad in recent years, Đorđe Petrović is one of the shot-stoppers of the new generation.
FK Voždovac’s Marko Ilić is also in the spotlight. Club expects that he will leave his club this season also.
As far as Čukarički is concerned, their sports director Nenad Mirosavljević confirmed that interest in young players from his team exists.
“Our young players are interesting to many clubs, they are our greatest quality. A number of our players are on the radar of foreign clubs. Apart from Đorđe Petrović Birmančević, Vidosavljević, Kovač, and Šapić are players that foreign clubs want“, Mirosavljević said.
After four rounds of Superliga played, Čukarički sits in second place, with 10 points and only 3 goals conceded. Petrović managed to get 2 clean sheets from the start of the season, but it seems that he won’t be having much of them. Not in Serbia, but most certainly in France.