There was a report a week ago that Newcastle had pulled out of the race to sign 20 year-old Serbian and Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, presumably because of character issues, after we had been watching the player all season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – in talks with Swansea
But it would not be the first time Newcastle have leaked the news they have pulled out of the race for one of their targets because they realize they have no chance of getting the player.
We pulled out of the race to sign Marseilles forward Andre Ayew – a long term target – for that same reason recently, and he was signed by Swansea City last week, and it’s not the first time the Welsh club have beaten Newcastle to one of our targets.
Now the news in the Sun is that Swansea City are currently in talks with Anderlecht over a possible £12M deal for Aleksandar Mitrovic.
That fee is lower than the £15M reported a few weeks ago that was supposed to be a done deal for Newcastle for the 13 times capped Serbian International, who scored 28 goals in 51 appearances last season for his Belgian side.
It looks like Swansea could beat us to two of our transfer targets this summer – just like they beat us to former Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony two years ago.
At that time we balked at the £12M price tag, and yet Bony was sold 18 months later for £28M (with bonuses) to Manchester City.
Newcastle still have to get more ambition in the transfer market if we are build another good side.
What do you think?