There was some bad news being reported on TuttoMercatoWeb (TMW) tonight that FC Porto – which is one of the preferred clubs of Aleksandar Mitrovic, along with Roma, have bid the full €18M for the 20 year-old striker.
That matches the bid Newcastle put in last week, and TMW are reporting the news because Roma are also interested in the striker, but they were unwilling to bid what Anderlecht wanted for the striker, and their number one target was Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.
If this news is accurate it means that Anderlecht could accept the Porto bid and probably Mitrovic would be willing to sign on at Porto but he would have to make another choice.
He will get more wages at Newcastle than Porto can afford, but he has always said he wants to play Champions league football – and Porto can provide that – Newcastle cannot.
And the wage package from Porto is likely to be less, now that they have had to pay around €6M more then they wanted to pay for the striker.
We had covered a report in HLN in Belgium this morning that Newcastle were still negotiating with Aleksandar’s father, and the report indicated a breakthrough could be made in the next few days.
If this news in TMW is correct, maybe that’s why Newcastle seem to have made their move for Charlie Austin, with betting having been suspended by betting shops on Charlie joining Newcastle.
That followed lots of money being placed on Newcastle being the club he would join, and the betting had him joining Newcastle at 1/10 odds-on before betting was stopped.
At least one journalist is saying it’s a done deal, after Mike Ashley agreed to pay out more than he wanted to for Austin, and was persuaded to do that by Steve McClaren.
If we get only one top striker in this summer and keep Papiss Cisse at the club, and have Siem de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum also in the side, we shouldn’t be too short of goals next season.
If Newcastle get two top strikers in, that’s when we think Papiss Cisse will be on his way out of Newcastle.
If this report is accurate it’s not good news for Newcastle’s efforts trying to sign the 20 year-old.