A deal between Newcastle and Anderlecht for 20 year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is getting close with reports in Belgium saying that everything is set to go through, once his father is persuaded that Newcastle is a good club for his young son to join.
Anderlecht kept the player out of a practice game today against Istanbul side Basaksehir – with the player watching from the stands.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – watching from the stands today
HLN.be are keeping tabs on the situation and this is what they have reported:
¨No Aleksandar Mitrovic today in the practice game between Anderlecht and Turkish side Basaksehir.¨
¨However manager Besnik Hasi had said the Serbian striker would be in all the matches – a transfer to Newcastle is therefore getting closer.¨
¨Meanwhile, the parents of Aleksandar are already in northern England.¨ It is especially his father Mitrovic who stands in the way of a final transition.¨
¨But when he looks at the numbers in the contract, and is also shown around the impressive St James ‘ Park, that could be the last stumbling block that can quickly fall.¨
It looks like Mitrovic’s father is the key person who still needs to be persuaded, but there are also reports the 20 year-old striker could be flying to Newcastle in the next 24 hours.
If that happens of course that would be a (very) good sign.
HLN Sports Journalist Niels Vleminckx has sent out this tweet earlier today regarding the situation:
— Niels Vleminckx (@NielsVleminckx) July 12, 2015
It looks like Porto and Roma are not coming in with any new bids, so the ball seems to be in Newcastle’s court to persuade Aleksandar and his family – but especially his father Mitrovic – that Newcastle is a good club for his son to join.
The other thing that is happening is that Anderlecht are trying to get striker Imoh Ezekiel of Qatari club Al-Arabi SC on a one year loan deal, to cover for Mitrovic who is expected to join some club (hopefully us) this summer.
Anderlecht are said today to be close to getting a deal agreed – so id that happens Mitrovic’s father is really key to everything.
If Newcastle are to be successful, the next step would be news that Aleksandar has been told to join his father and agent at Newcastle.