NYCFC sign 18-year-old Serbian F Jovan Mijatovic


New York City FC announced the signing of 18-year-old Serbian forward Jovan Mijatovic on Monday.

He arrives from Red Star Belgrade and is under contract through 2028 with an option for 2029. Multiple reports put the value of his transfer fee at $8.6 million.

Mijatovic joins NYCFC under the league’s U-22 initiative, pending receipt of his international paperwork.

“We’re really excited to welcome Jovan to New York. Jovan is a dynamic striker who despite only being 18 years old has already gained experience in both domestic competitions and the UEFA Champions League,” sporting director David Lee said. “He was one of the most sought-after young strikers in Europe, so it is especially pleasing that despite various other opportunities, he has chosen New York City FC as the best place for his career development.”

Mijatovic tallied 10 goals and three assists in 36 appearances for Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade. He has 40 goals and 12 assists in 95 matches since turning pro in 2022.

“It’s incredible to be part of New York City FC. I am proud to be fulfilling one of my professional dreams at this club,” Mijatovic said. “I’m excited to join the team and for the opportunity to play with my teammates and coaching staff and represent this club. I can’t wait to play in front of our fans, and score as many goals as possible and give them something to cheer for. Get ready, New York.”

NYCFC will open the 2024 MLS regular season on Saturday at Charlotte FC.