Aleksandar Mitrovic’s agent Pini Zahavi arrived in Newcastle on Friday afternoon, and said that his client would be signing for Newcastle, and it was thought he would handle all the details before Mitrovic would fly in for the medical on Saturday – ready to sign for Newcastle.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – Porto interested again
But the Mail is reporting that Porto have again expressed an interest in Aleksandar and the Newcastle potential deal has been slowed down.
One big advantage Porto have over Newcastle is that they can offer him Champions League football, which he has always said he wants if he leaves Anderlecht.
In Belgium the GM of Anderlecht said yesterday:
“Mitrovich is still our player – nothing is signed yet.”
And Aleksandar’s father Ivica Mitrovic said:
“Yes – Newcastle is an option, but we are still waiting for another club.”
This is what his agent Zahavi said on Friday:
“The formalization of the transfer will be made in the coming hours.” “Mitrovic and will sign a contract for five seasons for the former club of Philippe Albert.”
There was always interest from Porto, but the news was that they couldn’t afford the fee Anderlecht wanted for their top striker, which is around €18M (£12.5M) according to most reports – some have that fee as high as £14.5M.
It is now being reported that perhaps Zahavi’s comments were more to drive up interest from other clubs in Mitrovic.
We all know from the Loic Remy case in January, 2013 that nothing is certain until the medical is completed, the player passes it and then signs along the dotted line.
In Remy’s case he told Newcastle he would sign as a verbal commitment – but then asked for the medical to be in London and the next day in London went to talk to QPR and ended up signing for them for higher wages.
But maybe it’s the Mail who are reading all this into a comment McClaren made after the Gateshead game, when he talked about potential deals Newcastle are working on other than Wijnaldum:
“We have one or two other things that are very close that we can’t really comment because it’s fragile and sensitive as you can expect with players’ agents and deals.”
So it’s difficult to know how serious the delay may be in signing Mitrovic, but it has to be an advantage that his agent is in Newcastle.
Hopefully the deal for Aleksandar Mitrovic can still be completed by Newcastle.