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Newcastle Offer Mitrovic Incentive-Based Compensation

10:36 am, Saturday, July 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 80 Comments

One reason we think Newcastle are extremely close to wrapping up a deal for Aleksandar Mitrovic, is that the details of the deal are being reported in the Belgium press – and they are really intricate low-level details.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic – could earn £40K/week

We reported earlier today that Newcastle will pay €16.5M (£11.7M) for the player, and of that fee his former club Partizan get 20% of the Anderlecht profits on the player.

Anderlecht paid €5M for him two years ago, so their profit is €11.5M so Partizan will get €2.3M.

Mitrovic’s wages are being reported in Belgium to be a base of €2.3M/year which is around £1.63M – about £31.3K/week.

But he also getting incentive payments of €23.5K (£16.7K) for each win and €11.7K (£8.3K) for each draw.

In our best season in the last 11 years back in 2011-2012 we had 19 wins and 8 draws (65 points), so in a good season Aleksandar would get an extra €446K for the wins and €93.6K for the draws.

That would be an extra €539.6K (£383.1K) in total so he’d get £2.013M – that’s about £38.7K/week – and  £7K/week in bonuses.

I think those calculations are accurate …..

That’s in a good year, but around £40K/week is not too bad for a 20 year-old.

That compares with Fab Coloccini’s £60K/week he gets unconditionally as Newcastle’s top paid player – which is just over £3M/year.

Maybe Colo will be sold this summer if we get two top center-backs into the club?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Compensation · Financials · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

80 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    So… is this ACTUALLY happening? Also, i would have thought a goal bonus would be in there somewhere?

  • 2 tequilamag // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Pretty sure those quoted figures are what he will have agreed after tax.

  • 3 banjax // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    You could’nt make it up.
    Think about it mate. If you score goals you win or draw – hence the bonus. On the other hand you can score 1or 2 or more and lose. Best keep it simple eh !

  • 4 JDdubai // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Ed, please no more Mitrovic or Austin threads without confirmation from either club or the player actually in the UK.

  • 5 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM


    Yeah i would have thought that was after tax too. Otherwise, at 50% (?) His take home is 19k ish. How could the poor mite survive? 😀

  • 6 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    I’d be surprised if there is no sales. They will be just holding off selling until they can bring in as many season tickets as possible. They have alot of convincing to do.

    Im sure the Toon have told interested clubs it will be next month for any departures.

    One thing with Ashley, if he is spending alot of dosh he will be making it aswell. For Mike Ashley to spend 40-60 mil and not make anything I’d pass out.

    That would mean he is actually building something on what we have.

    Just what is going on with this deal with Mitrovic? How could it go on so long? He has had time and so has his family. Are we penny pinching? And where is Austin?

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:46 AM


    I would keep it simple,but football seldom does 😀

    Just saying that strikers usually get a goal bonus.

  • 8 voodoo85 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    I remember a long time ago, Llambias saying NUFC did not do bonus/incentive payments like this. He stated that when Ashley bought the club, players like Obafemi Martins had goal bonus’s etc and would just shoot all the time and Ashley made it a policy not to have such incentives.

    I could be misremembering the interview or perhaps things have changed.

    And news recently that Porto matched our bid but there has been no movement from them – not like he suddenly rocked up there for a medical etc so perhaps we are still in pole position for this one

  • 9 tequilamag // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    YCMIU hardly worth getting out of bed for that.

  • 10 JDdubai // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Just hope there is no Demba Ba-type release clause in the contract IF we are to get this guy. Dont want to go through that drama every transfer window again.

  • 11 banjax // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Personally not so sure about Austin being a consistent player and thus worth £15m. But 15 goals a year would satisfy me – still not sure he can deliver!

  • 12 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    TP to have sales you need buyers we have no one wanting to buy our rubbish this could be a problem

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM


    Peasant-pay. These Eastern European players should be used to such poverty. Let them drink cheaply made vodka.

  • 14 mickalfas // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    £300k a week ,we can’t complain about £60k for him,I think he’ll do great here
    If we can get him over the famous line,of course!

  • 15 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    BREAKING: Mitrovic has said goodbye to Anderlecht. He will be having medical at NUFC soon (via @NielsVleminckx) #nufc

  • 16 Slank // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Toon @ 6

    I think it has appeared to have gone on so long more because of the players family than either the two clubs or his agent.

    His club had said some time ago that they had accepted our bid. His agent had also confirmed it. His family had been in Newcastle well over a week ago.

  • 17 croftus5678 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    yeye blablabla

    same news for over 2 weeks just sign ffs !

    at this stage i’ll be upset if the 2 of them dont sign.

  • 18 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:54 AM


    Chances of that being real?

    Genuine question. I dare not hope.

  • 19 Ron Knee // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    firebug – previous thread
    Bad news about Cabella.

  • 20 WestOzMag // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    I actually believe you firebug. 1 of the very few on here who talks sense

  • 21 the broons // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:56 AM


    Is this legit or what? you’re not trolling like other so called toon fans are you?

  • 22 WLtoon // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    @15 fiebug.

    Where did you hear that then.
    Ive just read that Chelsea are going to persuade Mitz to join them .that was 30 mins ago.

  • 23 G peart 83 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    What is going on Chelsea or us hurry up season kicks off in 2 1/2 weeks

  • 24 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:57 AM


    Slim I would say, I never believe them just post the news as I find it. Hope it is true however.


    Seems that McClaren is ready to cut the first one loose, though it could be just because he is injured.

  • 25 Slank // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Voodoo85 @ 8

    The club also don’t do funny tax evasion / avoidance deals the type of which brought Glasgow Rangers to its knees.

  • 26 mickalfas // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Was Mbemba mentioned?

  • 27 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM


    Firebug is deffo not a troll.
    WestOzMag is right, he generally talks sense, although westoz himself had put it in a way that suggests most of us don’t 😀

  • 28 G peart 83 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Firebug hope you right

  • 29 voodoo85 // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    That Niels Vleminckx who firebug referenced is a journo for HLN – the Belgian outlet that has been reporting a lot on this transfer

  • 30 the broons // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    be great if we are gonna get him and mbemba in a joint deal worth more money (however saving money in the long run of this window)

    I honestly think we will be missing a trick if we choose not to pursue mbemba he just crys out to me that he will be a beast in the prem. Actually I think both anderelect players are made for this league which is why am praying there is some validity in this.

  • 31 StevoNorthShields // Jul 18, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Pay the money, get the players we want in, get a style of play, win some games! Simples…….. As always with the toon!! Hahaha

  • 32 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Don’t shoot the messenger I just post what I read, it’s not trolling, just passing on the information for debate.

  • 33 SuperShearer // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Lots of buzz on Twitter that Mitrovic has said farewell to his teammates and is flying in for his medical today. Fingers crossed.

  • 34 Slank // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    WLtoon @ 22

    Does the WL stand for West London and hence your comment about Chelsea ?

  • 35 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    For example this is another source:

    NUFCVine ?@NUFC_Vine 2m2 minutes ago
    Aleksandar Mitrovic is on his way to the airport after saying goodbye to his Anderlecht team mates. Heading for his medical at #NUFC.

  • 36 thegaffer // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Chancel Mbemba is coming over too.. to give him company 😉

  • 37 Phoenix // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Has anyone seen that mbemba was investigated a couple of years ago because he ha d four birthdays he might actually be 27

  • 38 croftus5678 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    there has been that many lies from the media and some from legit sources like sky that are telling false information that it will be hard for anyone to believe anyone from the media from now on !

    until it happens its not worth getting our hopes up and tbf if the media cant get it right with all their links and contacts then i think the safe approach is not to believe anyone else unless its a lucky guess.

  • 39 WLtoon // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Has anyone else heard the Mitz news about sayng goodbye to fans etc?
    Nothing on SSN

  • 40 the broons // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:03 AM


    I apologise if anyone thinks am accusing. I am seriously not its just am sick of so called fans taking advantage of mine and many other’s emotions by building our hopes up with false rumours.

    However if mitrovic comes through then firebug will be the first man i thank for giving me the first heads up confirmation.

  • 41 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:03 AM


    Qpr officials spotted at heathrow with a PS4, a copy of FIFA 15 and a “welcome to your new home, Mitty” sign.

  • 42 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    bumps ?@_bumps 2m2 minutes ago
    @NUFC_Stats the merc is at airport now the driver wouldn’t tell me who but a private plane is landing from Belgium now #nufc tweeted it b4

  • 43 ronjohno // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    I agree with JDdubai

    Enough about these two until something settled once and for all.
    Also if they are that good why are BIG clubs not in for them.

  • 44 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM


    No need to appologise, mate. You are as sceptical as me, firebug or anyone 😀
    Was just letting you know to put your mind at ease.

  • 45 Jamseyd24 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Do teams actually sign players at the weekend??? Sorry just no in the know. lol

  • 46 WLtoon // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    @34 slank.

    No ,im a geordie, the chelsea rant was simply to highlight how much speculation there with Mitz,and noyt to get carried away with all the media bullshit.

  • 47 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM


    It seems a blatant hanging on for something better to me but I could be wrong. He can’t be that keen on joining.


    I think either Tiote, Cisse or Sissoko is away next month or a combination of the trio.

    If we stand still this window though there should be protests at the first game, there is no excuse with all that coin in the bank. If we don’t build and just change like for like it would be a disgrace. They won’t sell until they have shifted as many tickets as possible.

    True on our poor players, they should be released anyway if no buyers not kept to make up the numbers. But that’s NUFC. They match the wage structure and save them spending. Football and quality comes second.

    If we get through this window without selling then the club has deffo changed for the better and we are on our way to building something.

    What is the odds though..

  • 48 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    I’ll wait for someone at the airport to snap a picture of him, then I will be happy.

  • 49 switch365 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Biggest problem I see with the current snails pace in getting players signed, is something which should have been learned from past mistakes.
    The longer it takes to get them signed, the less pre-season they get to take part in.
    The lower their fitness levels when the season starts and the more likely that they’ll be rushed onto the pitch to appease demanding fans, only to be injured and spend months getting even further behind.
    Granted ALL transfers cannot be negotiated within a few days, but priorities ie the first replacement centre back should have been signed sealed and delivered weeks ago!

  • 50 Slank // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    If we do get Mitrovic which is starting to look likely is there any point in pursuing Austin ?

    Austin would be second fiddle or even third if Cisse is retained, which I hope.

    Whether it’s Mitrovic or/and Austin I believe Armstrong should go out on loan for the season. He is not going to further his career having cameo appearances on the 80th minute every now and then.

  • 51 lesh // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Is it any wonder we have difficulty attracting top players when the basic wage is so poor compared with other clubs.

    Whilst I appreciate that a win/ draw bonus can incentivise a team, surely an individual’s appearance bonus would also help draw players to us.

  • 52 voodoo85 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    firebug @35

    The NUFCVine account is just referencing the original source @NielsVleminckx

    Its not that they know anything more than we do

  • 53 Slank // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:11 AM



  • 54 Bambams // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    I keep getting a horrible feeling a team will come in under our noses and sign mitrovic and/or Austin and once again we will be left ruing our ploddiness. ….

  • 55 voodoo85 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Niels Vleminckx ?@NielsVleminckx 13m13 minutes ago
    Also #Mbemba is top priority for #Newcastle. They already made a bid. Very good defende

  • 56 optimistic prime // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    I don’t mean to throw a spanner in the works but isn’t Mitrovich in Turkey training with his team mates?

    Whys there a private plane from Belgium?

  • 57 Ron Knee // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    The original L’Equipe article seems to suggest that Cabella wasn’t part of McClaren’s plans. But what is that based on? Cabella got his injury before the Gateshead match so couldn’t have been selected, anyway.

  • 58 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM


    Yeah I got that but I didn’t have the original tweet to copy.

    Apparently he said goodbye to his team mates this morning, and is heading to Tyneside for his medical, some say he has landed and is due to be whisked off very soon. I will wait for the photograph from either the airport or NUFC.

  • 59 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:17 AM


    They left Istanbul for Italy last week so it could be he is back in Belgium.

  • 60 Munster Mag // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Toon Prodigy, thats just more nit picking and negativity as far as I am concerned. I had given up on Mitrovic but if we get this guy, we have to give huge prase to Charnley. I reckon Charnley is a tough smart negotiator but he has limits to play within – and as we dont offer CL football and we are trying to sign the type of footballers who are at CL level, it cant be easy. At the end of the day, we are not privvy to the difficulty or the details of this purchase so why moan about stuff like this from the sidelines? If we get Mitrovic and a good centre half, I hope guys like you are big enough to say ” well done Charnley” .

  • 61 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    2 players from Anderlecht?? We will have to change our name like Liverhampton last season!

    “Andercastle.” Or “Haway, Manderlecht.”

  • 62 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    ron cabella took a knock first week back in training our thanks to s taylor

  • 63 optimistic prime // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM


    Cheers mate, just read he was still training with them so assumed he was still in Turkey.

  • 64 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:19 AM


    Like I said mate, it’s more than likely just down to him being injured. The press love to embellish a story. McClaren may have said “he is not in my immediate plans” or something similar, but then the press decide that story is never going to sell and hey presto!

  • 65 Ron Knee // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:20 AM


  • 66 hibbit // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    munster mag 1 player added to this back 4 is not enough

  • 67 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:21 AM


    No they played in Italy but the nitro Mitro didn’t feature, neither did Mbemba.

    I think I should stop stalking them now!

  • 68 Munster Mag // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    I would imagine that we wont get Austin if we get Mitrovic. I cant see Steve playing 442 and not sure how they would bothe fit into a 3 , or 1 . In fairness I dont know enough about Mitrovic’s style if play but it would be great if we could get the two players from Anderlecht, and i’m sure the Belgians wud gladly take the deal if we offer a lot of the payment upfront as they seem to meed the money now. Beyond a good striker and centre half, am not sure what else we would buy but a couple of 4-5mill talents on the flanks or at full back would help a lot. Wudnt it be great if Bigi turned into a good right back ? Someone like Nathanial Clyne is his build and Bigi has pace so who knows?

  • 69 Ron Knee // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    I hope you’re right. I’d be very disappointed if he wasn’t given a chance under SM.

  • 70 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 10m10 minutes ago
    Mitrovic due on Tyneside later this afternoon.Should finally be a Newcastle player within the next 24 hours! #NUFC

  • 71 kevymartins // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Looks like it’s finally happening he is on his way for medical was in Belgian papers. He and his family where at Alderlect saying their goodbyes.

  • 72 croftus5678 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    @60 munster

    if mit and or mbemba sign he will be praised to high heaven as we will have definatly signed players a class above ourselves !

    if however they dont sign !!! he will get a new one ripped by fans for wasting far too much time on a player who’s been messing us around !

    imo i think as always that we could have wrapped a fair few transfers up by now and that the only reason we do struggle is because we tighten the purse strings so much looking to save every penny even if it means losing out on the deal for a matter of pence = to time wasted on bartering the deal down.

  • 73 Munster Mag // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Hibbitt, I would like two center backs but I cant see that happening. Maybe Lascelles and one top player could work well together. I reckon both Colo and Taylor can improve 20% though under a new set up. Thats partly why i am optimistic. If we keep players fit we have some decent talent and i hate to say it, but Siem De Jong should be like a new signing for us. All f a sudden we could have improvements in Cisse, De Jong, add Wiji, Sissoko and a fit Aarons and we could cause problems. And throw Mitrovic in and suddebly we are a different proposition to last season.

  • 74 firebug666 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Ron, I wasn’t too worried by that story, McClaren said every one starts with a clean slate, Cabella injured should give him time to recover before pulling the plug on him.

    I think that under McClaren he will do well.

  • 75 voodoo85 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:27 AM


    Maybe LB needs looked at, perhaps this will be a breakout season for Haidara but yet to be convinced. We finally have a solid RB and Mbemba would improve CB but feel LB would then be the weakest position of the back 4

  • 76 switch365 // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Maybe if Chelski come in for him, his agent could phone Kevin de Bruyne.
    He could ask him how he enjoyed his 4 starts and 4 sub appearances for Chelski in the 2 years he was signed up to the Champion’s League winners.
    He could follow that up by asking if de Bruyne enjoyed not playing a single minute of Champion’s League football while he was there!

  • 77 thevirus // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Isn’t 2 million a year and playing in the epl for a great team like Newcastle enough incentive enough ffs, will never understand modern day footballers maybe it’s because I actually work hard for my wages

  • 78 Dublin Toon Army // Jul 18, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Why is everyone saying we won’t get Austin and mitrovic because they won’t get played. Every decent team have an arsenal of strikers to call upon. It’s what we need, 2 strikers 2 defenders and a winger. If mike wants to become heavy weights in the division this is what’s needed. We ideally need to ship out 3 rotten apples to clear the wages bill as well. Willo obertan gouffy

  • 79 stretchintoon // Jul 18, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    if we do get mitrovic i shall be having meself a little sex wee.

  • 80 PeacePipe // Jul 18, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    These are the sort of news that can unsettled current players as they start making comparison over their earnings. Contracts and personal incentives should be kept private.

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