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Newcastle Still Short Of Anderlecht Asking Price For Mitrovic

9:58 am, Monday, July 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 137 Comments

We covered yesterday the report in HLN.be in Belgium on the situation between Newcastle and Anderlecht in trying to get their 20 year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic  to sign for Newcastle.

Newcastle are in pole position to sign the youngster, but they have yet to convince his father that Newcastle is the right place for his son, who wants to play Champions League football.

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Aleksandar’s younger brother at St. James’ Park

This is getting to be a drawn out affair, but at some point if no agreement is reached, then the Mitrovic family will walk away or Newcastle will walk away.

If he really doesn’t want to come – he doesn’t want to come.

But there was some additional news in the Belgium newspaper Het Nieuwsblad yesterday, and it seems Newcastle’s offer is still a little short of the Anderlecht asking price.

Here’s the full report which we have translated from the Dutch into English:

To Newcastle or not, that’s the question that Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is wondering this week.

But not Aleksandar whose mom, dad and younger brother Milan were reported on Sunday at St. James’ Park. The striker himself this afternoon in anticipation of a possible transfer did not play in the friendly game for Anderlecht against Turkey Basaksehir.

This morning there were Instagram photos of Milan Mitrovic, the 17-year-old brother, who was in Newcastle.

And now it seems they parents of the Anderlecht striker are in the northern English city, at the invitation of the Premier League club.

Father Mitrovic who has a major say in the future destiny of his son, has yet to be convinced of a transfer to the English middle bracket club – and of life in the drizzly English north.

The Magpies hope the family with a tour of the impressive St. James ‘ Park (capacity 52 387) can be convinced.

Meanwhile, son Aleksandar was not in action in the exhibition game against the Turkish side Basaksehir, despite the contrary statements made by coach Besnik Hasi.

The striker would have been left out because of caution in anticipation of a possible transfer, although that certainly does not mean that an agreement with Newcastle has been reached.

There are Porto, AS Roma and Benfica still interested, but Newcastle are currently in pole position, since the club is willing to pay about €16.5M – the best offer.

That is not yet the €18M that Anderlecht want to get for his goal-scoring ability, but that problem can be solved with some bonuses.

It’s not much of an update from what we put out yesterday, except for  the fee – and the drizzly weather in Newcastle – what??

We would say something will be decided within a couple of days – one way or the other.

Comments welcome.



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




137 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    REPOST

    Tsunki @ 28

    I totally agree. I’m always totally knackered and out of sorts for days afterwards when returning home. My last one from Singapore was worse than I have ever experienced. It must get worse with age.

    They could fly to South Africa which is on the same time zone.

  • 2 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Milan Mitrovic is 27
    A 6’2″ centre half who plays in Turkey
    That fot is a Belgian wind up

  • 3 Slank // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    beermonkey

    If the club had said no to the family I’m certain that there would have been a flood of postings on this and other blogs about the tight fisted Ashley and the short sighted Charnley.

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Sticking by what i said earlier. Agreements made today or it wont happen. Just my opinion.

  • 5 Harley // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Brilliant

    There’s concerns about the weather and they arrive when it’s pouring down, after all that lovely sun. Typical.

  • 6 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Jib

    Sometimes people have the same name.

  • 7 Belfast // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    We do seem to be coming across a little desperate here.

  • 8 beermonkey // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    slank

    ur right there
    if he comes and brings his family with him its good

    a 20 year old new country new city 30 40k a week all on his own he will be in the casino and pulling birds with cisse in no time

    did cisse actually have anything wrong with his knee or was it really bad carpet burns

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Saying that, the pictures of the 27yo match the one on here. So maybe people have comfused “younger” with “older”. Maybe we aee going to sign Milan instead 😀

  • 10 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp

    How dare you argue with the Googlemeister

    Ha ha ha

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    According to the chronny the fee has been accepted. If it wasn’t then how are we talking to them? I thought this is how it was done.

    We are trying to sign him not his family, yet he hasn’t even bothered to come over? That’s not right.

    Im always going to have doubts about this deal.

  • 12 Brummie // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Why would cisse have carpet burns

  • 13 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Newcastle are currently in pole position, since the club is willing to pay about £16.5M – the best offer.

    That is not yet the £18M euros that Anderlecht want to get

    £16.5m =€22.5m. Is it £Euros or €GBP Ed? I’ll just grab a couple of aspirin….

  • 14 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Premier football players never get carpet burns
    They can afford 100% wool not like us with our synthetic crap.

  • 15 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    This is from the Chronny this morn..

    Newcastle are so far the only team to match Anderlecht’s asking price and have made a sales pitch to Mitrovic’s agent and family that includes the 20-year-old more than doubling his Anderlecht wages as part of a five-year deal, that will see him spearhead Newcastle’s attack next season.

  • 16 Belfast // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    I think he got his carpet burns from the casino carpets ? or i’m on a completely different page.

  • 17 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Slank urgh travelling to pacific States as long as I time my sleep I’m absolutely fine it’s just like having a few late nights but a day or so after travelling to far east I was ready to be shovelled into a bin bag. I used to think I was catching ‘flu ha ha. Add this to being knackered from heat, humidity, (keeping the electrolytes balanced is a pig) travelling, training and packing more competitive matches in than usual in a short time frame, they’ll be absolutely no good for at least a week may be more, competitively. I think the whole shenanigan is a complete PR farce seeing as the end result even for PR will be a damp squib.

  • 18 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Brummie has obviously not ridden the living room Grand National.
    Ha ha ha

  • 19 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Belfast
    Think doggy style

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Taking the piss this one, they must think they bloody royalty, i wouldnt have the patience if I was doing the talking with the player, give the clown a deadline if still no answer tell him to P off.

  • 21 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    They’re just waiting for the last minute call from a club in a warmer climate who Qualify for PL every year .

  • 22 Belfast // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    That’s an intersting image Jib Haha

  • 23 Belfast // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Did the Serbian Blokes brother burn his forehead on one of the light bulbs yesterday ?

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Slank @ 3,
    You make it sound like Ashley is being hard done by !

  • 25 B1GSTEVE // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    If his brother (or dad) plays centre half, get them both signed.
    On Milner, wasnt he getting replaced by Sweinsteiger when he left us.?

  • 26 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    It’s off the scorching Newcastle sun Belfast

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    For anyone who hasnt seen this, worth a read. Made me laugh.

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/sport/sport-headlines/manchester-police-hunt-northern-irish-con-artist-20150713100079

  • 28 Belfast // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    This is probably the part where somebody pops on to tell me he nearly died in an accident or something.

    Lets just forget about it.

  • 29 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    I would have expected a pro sportsman to wear some kind of knee protection. Well some kind of protection anyway….

  • 30 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Sorry brummie, to clear up the confusion, I think they’re talking about the physio required to rehab his injury. 🙂

  • 31 magpiesi // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    If his club hasn’t released or prepared to let him leave the training camp it has to be the fee I would expect him here within the next two days for a medical. Wijnaldum is flying to the states on wed so you would think he would travel with him once signed.

  • 32 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    When I saw ” Northern Irish Con Artist” in the title I thought I already knew who that was 😉

  • 33 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Welsh

    I reckon thats exactly what roma did. We should do the same

  • 34 SA Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Slank @1 I clearly have a vested interested in pre-season friendlies in SA, but they could do a helluva lot worse. Same time zone and relatively easy overnight flight with great stadiums and fanatical football supporters (see @Kaiser chiefs or @orlando pirates). Properly handled, I can see friendly matches played before 30,000 or possibly even more. Something they should think about imo.

  • 35 beermonkey // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    tsunki

    cisse learned from colo on the protection front then, colo must have given a captains speech about the use of protection

    cisse with 2 wives and umpteen girlfriends I am surprised one isn’t with child

  • 36 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Could be Charnley penny pinching over a couple of mil like, so he has sent his family over to check incase we meet there asking price eventually.

  • 37 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Tsunki

    Yeah its not hard to figure out, really. The last little paragraph was a nice little finisher, and not exactly far from the truth.

  • 38 Belfast // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Con artist ? me ? never.

  • 39 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Beer yes he’s obviously pretty diligent in the safety stakes, it’s not like we’re knee deep in tiny Cisse’s

  • 40 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Belfast

    How insensitive?! The lad nearly died after bumping his head on a light bulb!

  • 41 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Milan Mitrovic
    No lump on heid
    http://www.milliirade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/de.jpg

  • 42 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Honest Belfast? Honest?

  • 43 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Belfast

    No,not you, unless you are managing a well known north-west england football club??

  • 44 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    ” he’s carrying a Lovren” he he

  • 45 Belfast // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    I probably should have learnt my lesson after mocking Lescotts haircut Markass.

    How was I meant to know he nearly died in a car accident ?

  • 46 Belfast // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    Skunki was suggesting it was me the swine.

  • 47 corkypants // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    I said last nite i think he will be in newcastle by dinner time today, firebug pointed out to me he was in instanbul however thinking about it is still possible if he was flying yesterday aswell

  • 48 beermonkey // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    is there any news on a pos new defender coming in

  • 49 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    I think im leaning towards having Austin instead. It’s going to be for about the same money and atleast in Austin he has proven he can do it in the Premier League, and, within a poor team also.

    I’d be interested to know how much Mitrovic is on a week as rumour has it we are willing to double it according to the Chronny.

  • 50 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Beer you’re just muddying the waters there we still can’t see past Myopic. 🙂

  • 51 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    I like the fact the victim is described as “an elderly chilean” 😀

  • 52 Ron Knee // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    nut meg/Tsunki
    Sorry I couldn’t participate further. We’ve just had a 2-hour power cut. And it was indeed GBS. Thank you, Google.

  • 53 hibbit // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    ron was that in the uk

  • 54 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Apparantly we have been knocked back for Thauvin.

    12 mil plus Cabella on loan for the season.

  • 55 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they asked for a free season ticket, it’s probably that’s Whats holding the deal up.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    TP,
    It goes back to the policy I don’t think will ever change. Austin at 15M is probably his peak value and they would rather gamble on an unproven player whose value might increase, despite the fact that a proven player would almost definitely improve the team.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    welsh,
    Stop acting stupid.

  • 58 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Jail,

    True, I bet alot has to do with wages aswell. We always look for players on lower wages, it dosn’t surprise me we can double Mitrovic’s weekly income. I’v a feeling Austin will want around the 80k a week mark which we all know Ashley dosn’t like.

    Austin should be coming in for me.

  • 59 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Jail

    I think we will go in for Austin whether we sign mitrovic or not.

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    welsh,
    Good !

  • 61 nut meg // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Does anyone know if Mitrovic’s agent is still in town ?

  • 62 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    If they are going in for Austin they must have balls of steel that’s all I can say. He could of easily been away to a club by now. This is what makes me think we are not that interested.

  • 63 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Not acting stupid, his family have been over here had a tour around the stadium for free when the likes of you and me would have to pay, and they have got the cheek and the nerve to keep the club waiting, i don think so somehow.

  • 64 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Nutmeg,

    Apparantly the club have had a final round of talks with the agent.

    According to the Chronny that is. Not sure if he is still in the area.

  • 65 Ron Knee // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    hibbit
    No. I live on the Continong!

  • 66 Rotonda heights // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Starting to get really bored of the whole Mitroviic thing now. Is he really worth all this? Don’t know why we are pursuing people like him, Thauvin and Austin who clearly don’t want to be or have major reservations about being here. We already have that situation with Colo.

    In this whole wide world there must be some equally good if not better options than laying it on so thick for this arrogant so and so.

    Worryingly no news on any of Matip, Veltman, Rutiger, Abdennour or N’Kolou, all of who would make a massive difference.

    Going into next season with Willo, Saylor and Colo is non negotiable.

  • 67 stan anderson // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Sorry but i am still doubting the clubs ambitions.
    Although by all accounts the Dutch lad is class,i wonder why he choose us,i know he turned down the Mackem scum but even i wiuld turn them down and i am skint.
    S.D.J.seems a sicknote and we all craved his signature.H.B.A.was well known for his antics before he came and we see what happened to him.
    My thinking is we sign players for small fees and hope it pays off for us,not including the Dutch kid mind.
    I still feel we are not being honest in our dealings and Ashley is still Ashley.
    Ashley OOT.

  • 68 shaun__ // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    I wasn’t really that concerned when he didn’t sign Friday an didn’t expect it at the weekend but the fact there’s nothing looking imminent today is a worry. His dad is pretty negative. If we don’t get him today then move on id say, getting awkward now!

  • 69 Rotonda heights // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Belfast at 45

    it’s pretty well documented!!

  • 70 jayphoto // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Few reports on twitter saying Mitrovics family are happy with newcastle, contract, ambition etc… The problem is the ease of visas for Mitrovics parents when they visit to watch him play which would be frequent… Aswell as obtaining a visa for a prolonged stay here should they wish to…

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Rotonda,
    Any work that has been done to mend bridges will be unravelled in one if we go in to the start of the season with the same defence that has conceded nearly 60 goals a season for the last three years.

  • 72 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    I thought the last problem eastern Europeans would have would be a visa one.

  • 73 swemag // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    It will feel somewhat weird if Metrovic sign and start saying how much he wanted to come here and what a beautiful club it is and so on knowing how little enthusiasm he and his family has shown so far.

    No deal by tomorrow, move on.

  • 74 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Munster is busy preparing a four page document on the feasibility of SM turning mike williamson into a PL grade defender.

  • 75 swemag // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    And now there is talk of a Sampdoria player, please no.

  • 76 martoon // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    jayphoto & Tsunki -At the risk of sounding like JiB 🙂
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accession_of_Serbia_to_the_European_Union
    Serbia are not quite in the EU yet so I guess his family would need Visas but not normally a problem for visitor ones I guess they want more. I suppose we can’t blame Ashley for UK immigration laws or can we? 🙂

  • 77 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Surely if his family are here then he’s interested, how can he be blamed for keeping his options open, we’re hardly top draw after Mike Ashleys cheapening of our brand over the last eight years.

  • 78 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    According to The Northern Echo Newcastle officials expect Mitrovic to make a decision over his future within the next 48 hours. Newcastle’s financial offer is understood to be superior to Porto’s, both in terms of the fee Anderlecht can expect to receive and the wages that are on offer to Mitrovic.
    Porto can offer Champions League football after finishing second in last season’s Primeira Liga though, and are willing to offer a player as part of a swap deal in an attempt to entice Anderlecht to side with them. Sources in Belgium claim Mitrovic had hoped to be playing European football next season, but also stress the importance of Zahavi’s influence in any agreement. With that in mind, the presence of the Israeli agent on Tyneside last week is significant.

  • 79 nut meg // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Jail @ 71
    absolutely correct imho.

  • 80 jayphoto // Jul 13, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    @martoon – guessing with Mitrovic so young they’d want to be around him alot at least at first..
    Think people forget just how young he is, its only natural his family are cautious! This career move could be the difference in his next move being to a club like Bayern munich or a club like 1860 munich depending if he progresses or stagnates.
    NUFC hasn’t really got an amazing record of developing superstars of late (though we have now changed the coaching staff

  • 81 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Jayphoto

    Why is everyone assuming that players will continue to view Nufc as a stepping stone ??.
    If the Board are changing there spots, And Ambition is shown. We qualify for Europe every season and actually win something why leave.

    Surely that’s what the Hierarchy has got to put on the table to a player when selling a contract to bring him aboard

  • 82 jayphoto // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    @jazzyp personally think in the modern day every player that transfers under age of 30 is possibly looking with one eye at the next move. For a financial point if view we are never going to pay what man utd, bayern, real pay. We’re also high

  • 83 jayphoto // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    @jazzyp personally think in the modern day every player that transfers under age of 30 is possibly looking with one eye at the next move. For a financial point if view we are never going to pay what man utd, bayern, real pay. From an ambition point of view We’re also highly unlikely to ever be looking at winning the champions league. Think the days of worldclass one club players are gone these days. In mitrovics case, his potential means one day he could go on to play for one of Europes top clubs. Hes not a geordie. Might be wrong but i’d be shocked if he didn’t dream of Barcelona/Real Madrid. Unless someones born of geordies its highly unlikely we’ll sign a world class player that just wants to do 10 years with us.

  • 84 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Jayphoto

    Maybe not yet mate, but with the financial packages available to PL teams nowadays. We can and should blow most European teams out of the water.
    It is only Success on the pitch that lets us down. If we could add that to our string then surely we become more of an attraction.
    Finishing just above relegation or even mid table is never going to be a plus point. Even tho we still remain a big name around the globe

  • 85 will die for the toon army // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    We will always b a stepping stone until we become as valuable as those top teams or MikeAshely opens up e warret.

    Valencia, Spurs & Villareal and even Athletico Madrid as much teams that NUFC but they are stepping stones.

  • 86 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Liverpool fans gloating how much they got for Sterling yet I bet it is the same fans that were crying when they paid out 35 mill for Carrol

  • 87 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Martoon no mate I know I was being cruel and facetious. Unlike me I know.

  • 88 swemag // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    So we will take a 20 million cut of that Sterling transfer once Sissoko signs for them…

  • 89 will die for the toon army // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    You see it has shown Liverpool is a stepping stone.

  • 90 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Will die
    Every team is a stepping stone. Man u cannot keep players nor can Chelski. YA YA at Man city was rumoured to be looking to move to PSG.
    My point is while we languish around the bottom of the PL we will not be as much as an attraction as if we were in Europe every season.
    Again I hope Widi is just the start of the sort of player we will bring in this summer. It is the only way we will get back up there where we belong

  • 91 beermonkey // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    jazzy

    I think sterling is mad to leave fool for city
    at least delph had the good sense to turn them down
    where does he think he is going to play they have nevas nasri silva in front of him

  • 92 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Would Mitrovic not already have an EU work permit, since he plays in belgium?

  • 93 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    The negativity fest over Mitrovic is incredible. Some have already divined what is going on with this bunch of free loaders and suggested his parents to do one. You couldn’t make it up. I don’t follow these sagas with any particular interest, but didn’t the Wijnaldum deal take quite a while to sort out?

  • 94 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    I wish people would get it in to their thick skulls when bringing up Suarez, Bale, Ronaldo etc, their clubs pulled out all stops to keep them and succeeded if only for an extra season or two, we can’t get them out if the door quick enough. But that’s a thing of the past now…..

  • 95 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    His family fannied about when he signed for Anderlecht as well .He didn’t sign with them until 12 August 2013 after first being linked in mid April.
    As regards the drizzly weather in the Toon.
    You ever been to Belgium ? It is not exactly Tropical.

  • 96 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Beermonkey

    Afternoon bud !
    I agree about Sterling, Again an overpriced Englishman.
    I don’t see how he will guarantee a regular spot in the City line up, Which is what I would have thought would be utmost importance with the Euro’s coming up

  • 97 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Markaccus I didn’t want to mention it because it would have started a whole new thread ha ha but the genies out of the bottle now thanks!

    Yep, all this visiting family having to break into the back of lorries in Calais to see their boy play is nonsense isn’t it?

  • 98 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Nearly 50M for a kid who has not even nailed down a regular start for England is palking the tiss. Watch his form plummet. He’ll end up being in citehs ‘cup’ team, and then loaned to the likes of wba to “kickstart” his career again.

  • 99 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Blackley to be fair it’s a hardly a groundswell of opinion. All these things seem to drag on.

    Jeff has a good point. No offence to Belgiumites but if the lad can live there and play, surely it’s a big step up in excitement coming to Blighty?

  • 100 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    This kid is the Mitrovic family meal ticket.
    You can understand them wanting to dot every “i” and cross very “t”.

  • 101 ShirebrookToon // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Afternoon all. Has daddy made a decision yet or are we still waiting?

  • 102 beermonkey // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    jail

    we will find out in a couple of seasons when some1 comes in for gini

    jazzy

    how are you
    city are not interested in developing players
    managers there have to win to keep there job so are less likely to risk playing youngster when they can go and buy world class players

  • 103 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    I personally find it quite refreshing to see a young player, and a young players family, quite obviously seriously considering his future. I think all too often these players are influenced by people wanting a quick pay cheque (agents etc.) and don’t put enough thought into where they are moving their lives.

    At least you know, if mitrovic comes to NUFC, it is a responsible, well thought through decision.

  • 104 ShirebrookToon // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Lewspi

    You would have thought Alexander would have come to the toon with his family too as its his future

  • 105 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Belfast – Much enjoying the double act with Tsunki. Mind, he needs a new script writer. It’s not always appreciated that Ed has a football sense of humour. He recently kept me up-dated on toon developments:
    Steve Mc’s appointment was delayed whilst he underwent a medical. He was advised that he had a bad side, and a sinus problems. As in, he has to sinus a complete defensive unit and a twenty goals a season striker.
    Yes I know……..

  • 106 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Ref- Mitrovic.
    Folk want to think back when they were 20 years old. Would you be competent to examine all the issues in respect of a multi million pound deal and re-locating to another country/culture for 5 years.

    The suggestions by some of the more, lets say dim posters, is frankly laughable
    (free family holiday, getting a new car, free tour of the stadium, meal ticket) however such thoughts also allow a perspective on their football opinions and really there are no great surprises.
    A family looking after the interests of their son – is of no great alarm or surprise to me – it’s surely natural.

  • 107 martoon // Jul 13, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Tsunki @ Markaccus – Just because you have a Visa to live and work in an EEC country doesn’t mean you can then do the same in another EEC country. I think you are confusing it with that if you are an EEC citizen then you can work in any other EEC country.
    For example we have Indian lads in the office who have work visas for the UK but before they travel to the rest of Europe, even for a short business trip, they have to go to the embassy and get a short stay visa!

  • 108 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Multiple you may be enjoying the double act between Belfast and Tsunki however I do not think I would be out of order by saying I do not enjoy your sextuple acts with your “mates”.

  • 109 Magpie Season // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Beer,

    I think Sterling is overrated too mate but surely you can’t think he is in the same league as Delph.

  • 110 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Ian Toon,
    Are you now claiming that besides giving PL managers optical advise they couldn’t get elsewhere. You now get personal updates on the toon from Ed and shite jokes.
    Cuckoo.

  • 111 Magpie Season // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    All this talk of Sterling in the press, while Man United have quietly assembled what looks a formidable midfield for roughly the same amount.

  • 112 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Jail

    You are so rude.

    Ha ha ha

  • 113 Toonfan8 // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    For me it shows intelligence of the player and family that they care. If not, he would be already here counting his money, but for him it is not only about money, it is a football decision and decision which influence his whole family. So its ok, that it takes time. Rather wait for him, than bring that Okaka

  • 114 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Shut it welsh !

  • 115 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Give me some transfer news.

  • 116 Magpie Season // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Jazzy,

    Except they got 15mil back for Carroll & received 50mil for Torres as well. Not to mention there was no transfer fee paid to Qpr for Sterling, just a clause for sell-on fee percentage.

  • 117 carl nufc // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    what father wouldn’t want the best possible deal for his 20 year old son?? the fact that his family have been here at the ground, city, tell me the deal is very close to being complete.. im 100% confident he will be holding a nufc shirt up in the next few days.

  • 118 Magpie Season // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Now that Stoke signed Johnson, anyone know where Santon will end up? (He was linked to Stoke) Because he won’t be staying at Inter & wonder if he will give us another go under Ashley 2.0.

  • 119 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    I can’t believe a few people were moaning about the result against Gateshead, first game of the season, what do you expect them to do won 8-0 how dare perez for not scoring.

  • 120 welshgeordie9 // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Win

  • 121 optimistic prime // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    I’d guess and remember I’m just guessing, the hold up on the Mitrovich deal will be due to his work visa.

    Ye his parents etc want the best for him but the agencies involved with visas don’t do weekends, I expect this deal to be done and dusted around weds.

    And yes I’m still In The Kitchen

  • 122 beermonkey // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    magpie season

    I am not to fussed on either the only reason city are buying them is so they can fill there quota of home grown players it would appear delph saw sense and didn’t fancy the money or the bench where sterling has seen the cash and gone with it I am not sure either would get on the bench sterling will for the first season because of the fee involved

  • 123 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    It seems to me that the mood on here has for whatever reason been lifted. As someone said on a football blog there are no winners and losers; just opinions.
    Returning, I see still the striped blazered members in a Monty Python sketch repeatedly croaking ” Very well not played , very well not played”. In happier times I also recall Ibizatoon telling me that there is a place for everyone on the blog with the common denominator being that of a toon fan. I personally welcome the diversity of Blackley, Jib, Welshie, Geordie and the like. I also see where Munster Mag is coming from because he has a good record of “calling it right”.

  • 124 mickalfas // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    I would think that if he signs on here ,and has a few seasons of 20 goals a season ,his next move will be his biggest
    25 year old ,proven in the EPL ,the world will be at his feet
    £30m minimum ?

  • 125 Munster Mag // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Ian Toon, welcome back. Hope all well with u . Getting tired of Mitrovic saga.

  • 126 King Colback // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Mitrovic the defender is no relation to Aleksandar

  • 127 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    @Martoon

    I see, so you effectively need a new permit each time you move to a new country.

    So, in this case, if he qualifies for one on belgium, does he not auto-qualify for one here? I thought you just had to have played a certain number of games for your international team?

  • 128 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Oh happier times, when pushy carl and Ian could chat among himselves unmolested.

  • 129 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    were already leading the table in least total players signed… mike was right, we ARE indeed winning things now 🙂

  • 130 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Ian toon

    Munster mag basically says that anyone who wants more players, and has run out of patience after 8 years of broken promises, is “moaning”. I and others think that that is a rediculous opinion. A new coach and the first signing is a slightly promising start, but fans shouting for more, and soon, are well within their rights to push the issue. Its not moaning,its expectation of things long overdue.

  • 131 nufcursed // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    just some information for those wondering if it’s worth to go after mitrovic for such a high price.
    i live in belgium so i’ve seen him play a lot.
    this guy’s a genuine striker (a la shearer) in the way that he puts down almost every chance he has.
    the problem is that he relies on those chances so the team around him has to create a lot, something we haven’t done for a lot of years now..
    maybe with players like wijnaldum and de jong fit we’ll be able to offer him more service..
    the thing that worries me most though is his character.he’s a hot headed young attention seeker. but on the pitch, he’s worth the money i think..

  • 132 martoon // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Hello Ian Toon – nice to see you on here – have you renewed your ST yet?

  • 133 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Munster- Just fine thanks. I have been catching up on potential signings. We have a surfeit of midfield scurries – more perspiration than inspiration so good to see that we’ve signed a Dutch guy who can do both. McClaren likes a hardworker who are able to stick to a tactical script so unlike a few I’ve read I see a place for Colback in the side.
    It’s pretty unlikely that newspaper reports are untrue. When does that ever happen ? I recall discussing with you two seasons ago that we needed a CB and defensive cover.

  • 134 martoon // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp – I don’t know if the rules are different for footballers but my son met his Canadian girlfriend in Germany. When she moved here with him she had to apply for a UK work visa even though she had one for Germany.

  • 135 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Martoon- No. I have lived away since the start of last season. Family usually sort a ticket out when I come home. With the Kick off game now being on the Sunday hope to see the debut of a good few. I remember the John Dharl debut mentioned on here earlier against Sheffield W and him missing a one on one with their goalie in the first few minutes.

  • 136 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Could na make it ….
    I guess Munster’s point is that everything is relative. At some point you have to say things can only get better. Maybe NOW! My view is that if you can’t be optimistic at this stage- pre season then you’ve got only misery through a long season to come. The fact that we’ve got rid of Carver and everything associated is great news.

  • 137 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    On Mitrovic, my negetivity is solely based on that we shouldn’t be chasing someone who dosn’t want to be here as his first choice. We shouldn’t be wasting our time like we have so many times in the past.

    Im a little miffed that he is not over here while his family are.

    The reason, there are conflicting reports that the fee has been agreed so im failing to understand why he is not over here. Im all for a dad looking after his son and wanting the best for him but at the same time I don’t want us chasing a lad that really dosn’t want to be here as a first choice. We need away from that.

    I hope they gave Austin just as much energy mind.




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