There is a report in HLN.be in Belgium today that Newcastle are still negotiating for Aleksandar Mitrovic, but not with Anderlecht or his agent Pini Zahav, but with the guy who really matters – his father Ivica.
The report says Mitrovic’s agent wants the Newcastle deal for Aleksandar to go through (it’s a big pay-day for him), so he is only too willing to help Anderlecht get another striker in to help replace their 20 year-old top striker.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – deal in days for Newcastle?
This is some of the HLN.be report today:
The negotiations between the father of Aleksandar and Newcastle continue. According to sources close to the case it can be done in the next few days.
Only when the Serbian is sold will Anderlecht think of adding somebody in addition to Ezekiel (note – a Nigerian striker they have signed in last couple of days)
Pini Zahavi, the agent of Mitrovic wants the deal to England to go through, and is pushing some strikers in the direction of Anderlecht.
He put Anderlecht on the track of Stefano Okaka of Sampdoria, and is now linked with Boca Junior striker Sergio Araujo, who last season scored 25 times for Las Palmas in the Spanish second division.
So Mitrovic is still in play for Newcastle, but his father said earlier in the week that he would not be rushed.
Ivica said this a couple of days ago to Het Nieuwsblad about the possible Newcastle move:
“There is nothing to it yet. To leave a big club like Anderlecht, all the pieces have to fit.” “But we are not rushed. The time will come for my son.”
With the news also breaking today that betting has been suspended on Newcastle signing Charlie Austin – if we can get Charlie through the door than that may convince Ivica that his son could be joining a club that could go places in the next couple of years.
That club is Newcastle United.