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Total Football Scout - Adem Ljajic

Following Erik Lamela in Total Football Scout is another Serie A potential star. Adem Ljajic, the Serbian winger playing for Fiorentina. Once set for a dream move to Manchester United only for his hopes to be dashed. Ljajic is striving for the opportunity to represent a top club once again.

NAME: ADEM LJAJIC

POSITION: ATTACKING MIDFIELDER

AGE: 20

CLUB: FIORENTINA

SQUAD NUMBER: 22

NATIONALITY: SERBIA

HEIGHT: 5’ 9”

WEIGHT: 74 KG

MARKET VALUE: £6,000,000

HE’S A BIT LIKE: KAKA

In October 2008, Manchester United gave a young Partizan Belgrade scarlet Adem Ljajic a trial at Old Trafford. More than a year later, United agreed with Partizan a deal that would take Ljajic and team-mate Zoran Tosic to England. Tosic would join immediately but the Ljajic would stay at Partizan for the remainder of 2009.

Despite being unable to join the club officially until 2010, Ljajic made regular trips to Manchester to train with the Red Devils. Although the two clubs reaching an agreement, United decided not to sign Ljajic amid concerns over a work permit and the deal collapsed. Partizan manager Goran Stevanovic said the 20 year old was in ‘psychological shock’ and Partizan's Director of Football Ivan Tomić stated "I think that they will regret this decision in future."

Italian club Fiorentina were quick to pounce and snapped the Serb up for around £5.5 million. After passing a medical, he signed a 5 year contract and made his debut against Caglieri. However in first half a season at the club, he spent most time settling in to his new surroundings under Cesare Prandelli.

Following the 2010 summer arrival of compatriot Sinisa Mihajlovic as head coach saw his opportunities increase and he netted his first goal for the Viola against Lazio from the penalty spot.

If Ljajic can rediscover the form that Sir Alex Ferguson saw in Serbia, Ljajic can certainly make himself a household name.

By Marcus Banks

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