Benfica, Porto And Roma In Battle With Newcastle For Striker

It seems that Newcastle are certainly not the first choice of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, although hopes were raised yesterday afternoon when his agent Pini Zahavi arrived in Newcastle and said that Aleksandar would be signing for Newcastle.

But since then it looks like other clubs are still interested in the striker and still involved trying to make a deal for him with Anderlecht – and those three clubs can all offer him Champions League football which he seems to crave.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic – four clubs still after him
Pretty in Pink

Roma were one of the clubs interested in him, and it looks like they are still interestd in him according to a report late yesterday in Calciomercato.it – which they called an exclusive.

This is the piece in Calciomrecato.it

¨The riddle of which club he will  join will soon be solved.¨

¨The Anderlecht striker is coveted throughout Europe and on his trail are Benfica (interested), Porto (who would offer €15M plus two players), Roma (awaiting the development of the transfer of Dzeko) and Newcastle.¨

¨Calciomercato.it contacted Alderlecht’s Herman van Holsbeeck , their Sporting Director exclusively,  and it seems the 20 year-old could sign for a club very soon:¨

“We are talking with several teams,” “Will his future lie in Italy? I mention no names, but we are very busy.”

The article does a good job of listing where the other three clubs stand with regard to getting the striker.

Roma really want Dzeko as their first choice, and Porto don’t really have the money, so it seems they are offering players in exchange for the striker.

But we would be surprised if they will offer two players is in addition to €15M – and Benfica are probably the dark horse.

It’s a good question whether Newcastle should bring this lad in,  when it is clear he really wants to join a club with Champions League participation.

We assume his agent Pini Zahavi is still in Newcastle today.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.