Newcastle Still Short Of Anderlecht Asking Price For Mitrovic

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.

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