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Belgium Media – Mitrovic, Mbemba To Newcastle – Very Close

8:36 am, Saturday, July 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments is reporting today in Belgium that while both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba missed the open training yesterday, with what were said to be slight injuries, the fact negotiations were also going on with Newcastle about the double transfer seemed strange – was it just a coincidence.

But both were seen playing tennis at times yesterday, so how serious their injuries are is debatable – as in – they are not really injured at all.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic – while at Partizan

HLN is validating that Newcastle want both Anderlecht players, and that the negotiations are reaching the end game.

That’s also in line with other reports in Belgium today that Newcastle want the players to join when on the American tour – and since that ends next Wednesday, it’s either going to happen very soon or not at all – and that will please readers.

This thing has dragged on far too long with Mitrovic, but it will still be a huge success for the club if we can get both of them through the door.

As revealed by their former Director of Football at Partizan Dragan Duric in mid-May, his former club Partizan will get some of the fee – it’s 20% depending on different reports – so they will be happy enough.

Duric was saying then that it was a done deal that he would join Newcastle, as long as we weren’t relegated.

Duric was the Partizan President when his young striker was sold to Anderlecht two years ago, and he received a lot of criticism for letting the lad move, but Partizan  had a sell-on clause inserted into  the contract of 20%.

Here’s what Duric said on 14th May:

“All of you criticised me when I sold Mitrovic and now it has turned out that it was an excellent move.”

“We sold him for €5M and now Partizan will gain another €3.4M – a total of €8.4M of one player.”

“According to my information, the transfer of Mitrovic to Newcastle is a done deal, it is a matter of time before he signs.”

It’s looking like in the last 24 hours Newcastle have won the race for Mitrovic – at least according to reports  in Belgium, but how many times have we said that in the last two weeks – too many times for sure.

It can still happen though – so here’s hoping.

The deal is now said to be for around €16.5M (down from €18M) and Anderlecht have inserted a 5% sell-on clause in the contract.

€16.5M is around £11.7M, and the fact these details are coming out says this is real.

And if we can get Chancel Mbemba through the door too – that will mean this is another great signing by Newcastle to go with the Georginio Wijnaldum a week ago.

It will have been worth the (long) wait, but of course it’s also been frustrating for the fans.

Comments welcome.

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

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JDdubai // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:39 AM


  • 2 cyprus // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    So, Slank, we got him?!

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Slank (previous)

    Gotta luv that translation, still nothing definite.

  • 4 Lindisfarne // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    JDdubai – hold it down!

  • 5 mickalfas // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    It goes to show how stupid the transfer figures are in England now ,this blokes over the moon to get €8.4m for one player
    Sterling about €70m,crazy!

  • 6 Bambams // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Well if it doesn’t happen today I am going to start supporting my local bowls team…..

    Can’t handle all this excitement!

  • 7 mickalfas // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Anybody know ,how much for Mbemba?

  • 8 geordiemark // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    ill believe it when they have the toon top on until then ill take it with a pinch of salt, they still need more defenders and ship the ones we have out the door

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    If anything is true we should have a confirmation sometime today!

  • 10 Slank // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    mickalfas @ 5

    I have to agree with you about the transfer figures for English players. They are grossly overpriced and the players themselves are frequently over hyped.

    I suppose the proof is in the pudding and whether their values translate into helping their new clubs win trophies and qualify for Europe. Only time and results will tell.

  • 11 geordiemark // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    as for Austin, I wouldn’t pay anywhere near 15 million for a player who has scored 18 goals but that’s just one season isn’t it, id bid 6 million tops and that would be as high id go for him

  • 12 corkypants // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    On mitrovic i agree with everyone when they say that this has dragged on for too long but dont blame the lad he is a 20 yr old lad trying to make the right career choice, he has allways spoke highly of nufc and loved wathing shearer when he was younger. This is a massive signing for us and i for one will be over the moon if this lad signs as he has a little of Shearer about him.

    As for Mbemba he is exactly what we need at the back strong quick good in the air and can definetly play abit to, he would be fantastic. Fingures crossed lads!!!!!!

  • 13 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 18, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Don’t know much about Belgian press, who are HLN? Is it a daily mail type or an actual sports publication? Or neither?

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    I think Austin, based on his lack of top level experience and his contract, is a £8M player.

    …but seeing as he’s English there’s always a club willing to pay that. That’s the downside of the registration rules in the UK!

    But you’ll only see a foreign club pay that amount for Brit if he’s world class!

  • 15 geordiemark // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:03 AM


    its fair enough the player wants as much money as he can get but hes untested in the league and another foreign player, I know English players are way to much over valued by clubs but we do need English players badly as well, its just getting them at the right price, look at man city paying 49 million for sterling I watched his last international and he was bloody useless if hes worth that amount of money then the game has completely gone mental

  • 16 geordiemark // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew

    6 million my top offer for Austin really but theres a few other pointers to this, 1 hes only had one season in the top flight 2 what is the status of his injuries

  • 17 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    What position does Mbemba actually play? If it’s right back it seems like an odd signing, given we have Janmaat, Sterry’s been given a contract, and Bigi is also being played there. If it’s centre back it also seems like a strange choice given that he’s under 6ft, and at that height you’d need to be Fabio Cannavaro to cut it in the PL of 2015.

  • 18 m1c4a3l // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:40 AM


  • 19 Dublin Toon Army // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Charlie Austin will be a goal machine. Seriously underrated on here. Just watched the best goals on last season last night and my god the goal he scored where he took it down on his right turned and finished on his left all in one movement. If that’s not someone who has something in the top drawer I don’t know what is. Everyone saying he is unproven but he had a terrific season in his first in the premier league and we are doing enough shouting about ayoze ain’t we? Austin scored a lot of goals with a team that couldn’t avoid relaxation which says a lot. Put him in a team that supplies him and who knows how far he can take his career

  • 20 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 18, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Our defenders, especially Willo and Colo couldn’t avoid relaxation as well. That’s the main reason we shipped so many goals…

  • 21 Dublin Toon Army // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Agreed, I’d like to see Douglas in and why don’t we try for papadopalus, spelling probably wrong but he was out on loan last year

  • 22 KevinLee // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Yes, very close, very close for next season signing

  • 23 WLtoon // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    @19 DTA

    Totallly agree about Austin, how many goals does he hae to score before some fans accept he is good enough for the EPL.
    Mitrovoc will be a good signing but im not convinced that we will get him in
    I dont care what the latest RUMOURS are,we have had that many in the last month to last most clubs a decade.
    IF is one of the smallest words in the english language but definately the most important,and If he is seen wearing the club shirt ,then i will believe it.

  • 24 gasco89 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    @the overrated frenchman. Mbba is a cb and at 5ft11 i dont think he is too small at all! I’d rather have a shorter mbemba playing than Williamson who cant head a ball and is very weak!

  • 25 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    gasco (when I typed that in it came up as “fascist”!!) – look, I’d rather have anybody else instead if Williamson too, but if Colo is going to play you can’t have a guy of 5-11 beside him. I think the team has been crying out for a big, tough centre half for years. And I mean someone who is actually good, which rules S.Taylor out of course.

  • 26 gasco89 // Jul 18, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    He is a tough cb very strong and takes no crap, got the physique needed and i still think 5ft11 isnt small, he isnt huge but i would be worried if he was 5ft8 or something! In a perfect world i would like another decent cb as well and get rid of williamson !

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