There has been news recently that Newcastle want to bring 28 year-old Marseilles striker Andre-Pierre Gignac in during the upcoming January transfer window, when he will be available at a nominal fee, because his contract runs out next June.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action in friendly against France in September
The reports are that Newcastle scouts have been watching the striker, but the French International will be 29 next month, and owner Mike Ashley usually likes to sign younger players whose value will increase once they arrive at Newcastle and hopefully start improving.
So we have our doubts about Gignac coming to Newcastle, even though he is a very good striker and has a great record in his time at Marseilles – 64 goals in 160 total appearances since joining the French club from Toulouse in the summer of 2010.
A much younger striker we have been linked with in the past month or so and one we are said to be tracking closely is Anderlecht’s 20 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic, and he fits the profile of players Newcastle want to sign very closely.
The 10 times capped Serbian International only turned 20 in September, and is likely to improve once on Tyneside, and his value will rise.
However, Newcastle will have to pay a lot more for him than for Gignac – if only because of the age difference – almost nine years.
But that could still be the better deal for Newcastle and one that Mike Ashley would go for.
Mitrovic joined Anderlecht from Partizan in the summer of last year – and in less than one a half seasons in Belgium he has 27 goals in 59 appearances.
And while at Partizan for the two years before that, he scored 18 goals in 42 appearances and that was all before he even turned 19 years old.
The transfer fee last year that Anderlecht paid Partizan was £4M – so that could have more than doubled now – with his good performances in Belgium.
But since the lad is only 20, he could improve big time on Tyneside, and become worth a lot more in say a couple of years, if he starts scoring goals in the Premier League.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has played for the Serbian U19 (13 appearances, 5 goals) and U21 sides (8 appearances, 6 goals), and he now has 10 full caps for Serbia with one goal, after making his debut only last year.
So between the two strikers – the 6′ 3¨ Serbian would appear to be the better bargain – even though he will be more expensive than the Frenchman.
What do you think?
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