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Report: Newcastle Mitrovic Bid Stalls – Porto Make Move

12:30 am, Saturday, July 11th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

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 hands out wide

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 scout // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Anyone still up?

  • 2 chasing_rabbits // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    I’m up scout, what dyu reckon?

  • 3 roadhog2k // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Just us night owls by the looks of it

  • 4 Polarboy // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    If we hadn’t more or less completed the deal or Wijnaldum for big money I would have said no chance with our lot. As it is though I have a new found, and hopefully warranted, confidence that we can get the deal done. Fingers crossed.

  • 5 chasing_rabbits // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    If we can confirm both signings this weekend it would be good progress, but its taken long enough to get here. Would be two good signings though. Not sure how I feel about no Austin if Mitrovic does come in. Suppose he has big potential. Need to see some CB’s now. How did Lascelles look tonight, that guy is built for the prem, just hope he has the ability.

  • 6 Sazzer // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    “I think Remy Cabella is a doubt for America. He has picked up a knock on his thigh and we find out the results of a scan on Saturday.”

  • 7 woodnufc // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    I honestly feel as though this is just papertalk to sell the Saturday papers, but you never know! Even though I’ve only watched Mitrovic play a couple of times in the champions league last season he seems like a decent player. If we do end up signing him it might send out a message to other players who we may hold an interest in that Newcastle eventually mean business again…8 years too late like but nevermind hah.

  • 8 Graeme // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:56 AM

    Mitrovic has always had NUFC low down on his favoured destinations and, given Ashley’s performances over the last 7 years, who can blame him?
    That we have seriously tried to sign him is one thing; to convince him it will be a really good move for his carreer is another tale. He wants CL footy and that is many, many years away for uc.
    Fingers crossed it happens – but who really knows!!!

  • 9 Sazzer // Jul 11, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Another image of Wijnaldum with fellow newbie Dani Koks. What nickname do you guys have for him if he signs?
    https://twitter.com/NUFC_Vine/status/619575568259002370/photo/1

  • 10 Polarboy // Jul 11, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    @Sazzer. His nickname at PSV was Wini, not sure if that’s the Dutch pronunciation or the English. The Dutch would be pronounced Vinny I assume.

  • 11 la.jim // Jul 11, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    How about Wini koks

  • 12 Brummie // Jul 11, 2015 at 1:35 AM

    What about Dum Dum

  • 13 JP...from The Rock // Jul 11, 2015 at 1:56 AM

    All this waiting is killing me.

  • 14 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 11, 2015 at 2:39 AM

    I don’t think Mitrovic has ever had any intention to come to Newcastle. We’ve been used as a pawn to help him get the move he wants. CL a must, Italy first choice, Portugal second. That’s the way the transfer game’s played I guess. Pretty cynical most of the time. To be fair though, I don’t think the player himself has ever said it was a move that appealed to him.

  • 15 PeacePipe // Jul 11, 2015 at 5:16 AM

    Looks elsewhere. Players who are not keen with NUFC shouldn’t coming our way.

  • 16 Zangwill_Ho // Jul 11, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    Oh it means 100% he will not come then

  • 17 Lynny // Jul 11, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Putt the offer to him and give him 12 hours to get to Toon for His medical. If he wants to sign He’ll sign. If he’s stringing us along He won’t! Simples.




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