There is a report in the La Derniere Heure (DH.be) in Belgium that Newcastle are giving Aleksandar Mitrovic an ultimatum and he has 48 hours to decide whether he wants to join Newcastle.
If he says no then Newcastle will move ahead quickly for other striker targets.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – ultimatum
Two players who could be leaving Anderlecht imminently are Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba, and the team photographs will be taken today both with and without those two players.
Both players will also not be included in the squad to play two friendlies this week in Heist-op-den-Berg against Lazio on Wednesday and Sunday.
The report says Newcastle are well aware that Mitrovic still has his doubts about Newcastle, and really wants to join a club that plays in the Champions League, but they are giving him 48 hours to make a decision.
Newcastle had the family over to look around Newcastle, St. James Park and the training fields over the weekend, and his father Ivica is the one likely to make the decision.
This is some of the report in La Derniere Heure translated from the French:
¨Newcastle are well aware of the doubts of the player and his entourage (no European Cup, difficult season last year), but quickly want to know if they accept the offer or not.¨
¨Newcastle will give 48 hours for the Serbian to decide, after his father and younger brother returned to Belgrade to reflect on the Newcastle offer.¨
Aleksandar is being offered a five year contract at Newcastle that more than doubles the wages he gets at Anderlecht, but he could still turn down Newcastle.
Porto are waiting in the wings, and he also seems to prefer the weather in Spain and Rome (Roma are also interested) to that in Newcastle.
If that’s an issue for him, then he shouldn’t sign for Newcastle.
This is a good and sensible move by Newcastle, because if Aleksandar doesn’t want to come, there’s plenty of work to be done to bring in two new strikers within the next three weeks, so we have them before the Premier League season starts.
Now for the wait to see what he decides.
If we had to hazard a guess, we’d say he will turn Newcastle down and take his chances on a Champions League club coming in for him.
But we’ve been wrong before ……