There is news coming through from Italy that Newcastle United have agreed a £15M fee fee to sign the Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
The deal is being reported on the Italian website gianlucadimarzio.com, but it’s not clear if the deal will go through now or will be dependent on Newcastle keeping their Premier League status this season.
Aleksander has scored 25 goals in 47 appearances this season for his Belgian side who play in the for Jupiler Pro League, and he’s had a great season and is still only 20 years old and already has 11 full caps for Serbia after also playing for the U21 and U19 side.
And terms are still to be agreed with the young striker, so it seems Newcastle have agreed the fee with Anderlecht and can now talk to the player.
But it does seem that Newcastle have stolen a march on other clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool – so it would be a surprise if we can now actually sign him.
20 year-old Aleksander Mitrovic in Serbian colors
The 20 year-old 6ft 3ins striker seems a natural goalscorer, and he was at Belgrade clubs Teleoptik and Partizan before joining the Belgian club in the summer of 2013, for a transfer fee of €5M (£3.9M) – which is Anderlecht’s record transfer fee.
In his career he has played 154 first team games and has scored 66 goals, so he is one of the very best young strikers in Europe and in great demand.
Newcastle have been linked with him since last summer.
The Serbian is a powerful striker and played particularly well in this season’s Champions League for Anderlecht, and he also has good speed, and certainly looks like a top young player who would be a terrific acquisition for Newcastle United.
But there’s no way this deal will go through if the Magpies are relegated this season.
Here’s hoping – oh yes – and here’s praying.