The Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle are close to signing Anderlecht striker Aleksandar and that is backed up to some extent by a report in HLN.be in Belgium, that says the Serbian International completed his last training session at Anderlecht yesterday and was smiling when he signed autographs for the Serbian fans for the last time.
Aleksandar Mitrovic training with Anderlecht yesterday
For the last time reports HLN.be
HLN.be reports that negotiations are still ongoing at Newcastle, but there seem to be no fresh reports of Roma, Porto or Benfica making a last minute deal with Anderlecht for the striker.
That could still happen but Anderlecht will not wait too much longer, especially when Newcastle are willing to pay €18M in cash up front – that’s around £12.6M.
But the Mirror is more positive and says that Mitrovic will be Newcastle’s second signing of the summer, following the signing of Dutch International Georginio Wijnaldum yesterday.
Newcastle officials are still in the process of convincing the player and his family that Newcastle is the best place for him to go, and it would appear that Newcastle’s is still the only viable bid on the table for him.
It’s really good news and bad news – good news that it would appear Newcastle have lodged the only legitimate offer to Anderlecht, but bad news that it’s taking so long to convince him and his family to join the Magpies.
We suppose just like Georginio Wijnaldum turned down a lucrative move to PSG last summer because the time just wasn’t right, we suppose there’s a possibility Aleksandar could do the same thing.
Newcastle are offering him a lucrative five year deal.
Last season he scored 28 goals in 51 games for Anderlecht, and in his two seasons in Belgium, the former Partizan striker scored 44 goals in 91 appearances and he already has 13 caps for Serbia.
Update: Mitrovic didn’t play for Anderlecht today but watched from the stands, and there are reports his parents are now in Newcastle, along with his agent – as they discuss the move with Newcastle officials.