There’s some good news today that Newcastle have agreed to buy 20 year-old Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht for a whopping £15M – but that will depend on Newcastle still being a Premier League club this summer.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – in Serbian colors
Dragan Duric is the former Partizan President, where the 20 year-old played before he joined the Belgian club back in 2013.
In Belgium the youngster has scored 42 goals in 87 appearances over the last two seasons and already has 11 full caps for Serbia.
Dragan Duric told Serbian newspaper Mondo that a £15M deal has been agreed between Newcastle and Anderlecht for Aleksandar Mitrovic, whom Newcastle have been tracking all season.
If the deal goes through, it will be the biggest deal under Mike Ashley in eigth years at the club, and equal the fee we paid for Alan Shearer from Blackburn Rovers which took place 19 years ago.
Duric was the Partizan President when his young striker was sold to Anderlecht almost two years ago, and he received an awful lot of criticism for that, but Partizan were no fools and they had a sell-on clause inserted into the contract of 20%.
That means they will get 20% of whatever Anderlecht’s profit is in selling the player to Newcastle.
This is what Dragan Duric told Mondo:
“All of you criticised me when I sold Mitrovic and now it has turned out that it was an excellent move.”
“We sold him for €5M and now Partizan will gain another €3.4M – a total of €8.4M of one player.”
“According to my information, the transfer of Mitrovic to Newcastle is a done deal, it is a matter of time before he signs.”
If Partizan are getting €3.4M then the Anderlecht profit is five times that – €17M – so the fee is €22M.
At today’s conversion rate of 0.72 that’s about £15.8M so what Durci says seems accurate.
Obviously the former Partizan President is putting this out because it makes him look good, so it could even be true.
While at Partizan Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 18 goals in 42 appearances and he left the club for Belgium when he was only 18 years old – so that wasn’t a bad record.
This would be a great signing for Newcastle in the summer, and it looks like we could get both Mitrovic and Charlie Austin signed up.
Only a couple of days ago we were quoted as odds-on favorites to sign 25 year-old Charlie Austin from relegated QPR.
If we can stay in the Premier League this season, we will also see a huge clear-out of players this summer as the Tyneside club tries to improve both the quality and size of the squad.
If we don’t do that we could be relegation candidates next season – so poor have we looked this year.
We are hoping the side can be considerably strengthened this summer – but we have to survive first.