Champions League Club After This Newcastle Striker

Jorge Jesus signed on as manager of Sporting Lisbon last June and has let it be known that he is very interested in signing Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, but knows that will be almost impossible.

It’s reported in the Portuguese newspaper Record, that Jesus thinks the 21 year-old powerful striker would be the perfect replacement for Islam Slimani, who is expected to leave this summer.

It’s interesting that Newcastle were linked with Slimani both last summer and in January, but we dithered around too much on trying to sign a proven goalscorer – and didn’t.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic – Sporting keen on striker

Rafa Benítez may sell one or two of his star players this summer – but only those he wants to leave the club – and he will ask big fees for those who are allowed to leave.

The price on Mitrovic will be a lot higher than the £13M we paid Anderlecht for him in the summer, after he hit 9 goals in the Premier League last season in a struggling Newcastle side.

If the fee wouldn’t be a problem for Sporting Lisbon then Aleksandar’s wages would be – and he is said to earn more than Sporting’s highest paid player.

The Record contacted Mitrovic directly regarding the Sporting interest in him and this is how Mitro responded to the paper:

“I have four more years of contract with Newcastle and I haven’t received any official approach so far. I’m happy in England, of course.”

“But it’s always good to see my name linked to a club like Sporting. It’s a big club.”

“If something comes up they will always have to talk with Newcastle first, and only then with me and with my representative.”

Mitrovic has already said he has no plans at all to leave Newcastle – his dream club – but he will need to improve his discipline next season.

He was sent off in the last game of the season against Tottenham – and that was after scoring with a brilliant header to send Newcastle 2-0 up in the first half.

He will now miss the first four games of next season, because he was also sent off against Arsenal early in the season.

While Mitro is still maturing, Rafa Benitez doesn’t appreciate players who can put the side in jeopardy and the manager was none too pleased with the 21 year-old being sent off against Tottenham.

Mitro has almost unlimited potential and we hope that Benitez can get the very best out of the powerful and still very young center forward.

Comments welcome.

53 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #1

    i could live without him tbh. always likely to miss games and at 55 I have more pace! Plus misses so many good, not even half chances. Would much rather see Arma getting in behind people.

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Garry Monk at Leeds is bad news for us !
    He will make them very difficult to beat.

  • BandB

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #3

    His statement is the bog standard code for “I’m open for business.”
    It’s so commonplace I can’t believe it can be honestly interpreted any other way.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Can see Arma being a number 10! its where he played for Coventry and England.
    @jib – doesn’t matter if Monk makes leeds hard to beat, aslong as we don’t play them in the first 10 games that loon that owns them will have sacked him off by then

  • jayphoto

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #5

    @bandb – definitely! He’ll definitely be angling to move, if he stays its because no one will pay the 15m and 60 k per week that he’d require.
    I’d see sense in loaning him out to a premier league side for a year! A stoke, Swansea etc just to bring him on more as he could become a great striker, he has some very positive attributes. Needs to be fitter though, his movement needs to improve, just because he’s 6”2 doesn’t mean he should be more mobile!

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Massimo Cellino
    “Sono una persona incompresa”

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #7
  • stuart no9

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    If they are mitros words then im afraid he coiuld be gone.
    Hes actually telling sporting to get in touch with the club firstn then well talk , so IMO , hes off , however , the money will come in handy to buy a real CF

  • BandB

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #9


    “I haven’t received an official approach so far, dammit! I’m happy in England, of course, I have to say that.
    “But I’m happy to be linked with Sporting Lisbon…it’s quite big enough to interest me….I’m not going to be over-picky.
    “Obviously you’ll have to speak to the club….and here’s its number.”

  • stuart no9

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #10

    ED ,,,the heading should read .. striker keen on Sporting

  • Back Door Man

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Jack Root – a true story about the great John McNamee …

    The mid60s us lads used to wait in the carpark in front of the Main Stand (before going into the Leases End) for the visitors coach to arrive;  some lads to collect autographs, others to shout abuse.  We were playing Wolves whose center forward was the ‘hard man’ Derek Doogan, when he got off the coach he asked us if McNamee was playing.  When we said he was, Doogan groaned and said he’d get a battering.  He did.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Thats not exactly a no is it.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #13

    The paper running this story is the Record – a Portuguese Paper and nothing to do with any UK based papers.
    Last week or the week before they had a story that Townsend was going to Sporting Lisbon.
    Must be the Portuguese equivalent of the Star – ie a load of hoooey.

  • BandB

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #14


    I’m aware of that.
    Nevertheless, its the quotes that are important.
    Newspapers sometimes push a story and it may be hooey that Sporting are after him.
    But it is, whatever people think, highly irregular for any newspaper anywhere to invent detailed quotes and attribute them to a named person.

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #15

    The story about Townsend was a spoof by a Mackem using the Record frontpage in a fotoshop con based on an old story about Andros when he was at Spurs.

    The Mitrovic story is all over the Spanish and Portuguese media.

    Just saying like

  • BandB

    Jun 2, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Congrats on your scoop last week Jibbers.
    You’ll get used to Ed picking them up a week later 🙂

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #17
  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jun 2, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #18

    my gut says mitro stays… I rather like him a lot… he shows passion.. sometimes a tad too much, but when the boat was sinking, he and lascelles both showed the size of the fight in them….

  • Pedro's toenail clippings

    Jun 2, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #20

    On the Colo situation we should just swap him for this kid from San Lorenzo. Good potential and better than nowt.

    Tomas Conechny

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 2, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #21

    I want mitro to stay not too bothered if he left either as he is too slow. Love his passion though.

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #22

    On another subject altogether !
    Sometimes the classics get ignored and we forget how good the old stuff was – what a miss this guy is .

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 2, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #23

    BandB – totally agree when there are quotes attributable to an individual. Got no doubt Mitrovic has been truthfully reported as to what he said.
    But I do think the background story may possibly be a bit dubious – especially when taken into account with the Townsend story.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Jun 2, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #24

    di matteo to villa??

  • BandB

    Jun 2, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #25


    Well, Cisse made no bones about the fact his agent was talking to anyone who’d listen 18 months ago, and he’s still here.
    Mitrovic could hardly say “They’ve been tapping me up illegally and I’ve told them to shove it!”
    He could have said: “I’ve heard nothing, and I have no comment.”
    Clearly he decided to use the opportunity to place a small ad where it would be taken note of.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 2, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #27

    When do you guys think we’ll be making our first signing and who it will be?

  • BandB

    Jun 2, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #28


    The 25 and under policy was well in place when Colocinni got his new contract last summer..
    If anything, it may be less of a factor now as that would require that Rafa has signed up to the 25’s and under scheme, which wouldn’t then be “full control” but “full control within the previous restraints.”
    Colo is probably pushing at an open door.
    If anyone wants him. If not, he’ll change his tune soon enough.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jun 2, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Unlike many, wouldn’t be overly fussed if he left. Another that tried when he could be bothered and wasn’t throwing a strop mid-match. Shocking finisher and his hold-up ability flits between great and abysmal. So much for wanting to become a legend etc, now he’s open to offers. Get back what we paid and I’d be more than happy.

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #30

    For anyone outside the UK that wants to see England v Portugal
    Be warned Cristiano Ronaldo is being rested

  • BandB

    Jun 2, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Colo’s wish is probably for Newcastle to pay his wages while he plays for San Lorenzo for a year.
    I doubt he’ll get that wish.
    Rafa will be switched on the message that you don’t reward downing tools by giving people you don’t want anyway what they most want. There are better ways to spend up to a million quid.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 2, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #32

    “Coloccini is a popular figure among the Newcastle faithful …”!!!

  • BandB

    Jun 2, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Colo earned undying gratitude when he took the lead in accepting the new wage and bonus structure (which he was largely exempted from) and saved Mike a fortune by being the “anyone who isn’t Kevin Nolan” candidate.
    I suspect that undying gratitude died when he bailed out on Project Head Coach Hapless after he lost the captaincy for a game, helping to eventually cost Mike many more millions.
    They may no longer be “besties'”

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 2, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #34

    I see Rashford, Wilshire, Henderson and Strurridge are not starting tonight.. Do not knoRoy might be “protecting” them from getting crocked.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 2, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Looks like a canny line up.

  • Belfast

    Jun 2, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Well going by the look Rafa gave him on the pitch after the Tottenham game/red card and the fact that Cisse was preferred over him until there was nothing left to play for suggests he’ll be up the road.

    And Ed there’s absolutely no chance we’ll get more than 13 million for him.

  • Belfast

    Jun 2, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Probably half of that if yer lucky.

    If he wasn’t such a head case I would actually like him too stay, but he’ll probably be even more of a head case in the championship and be in even more bother.

  • Yo-yo

    Jun 2, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #38


    I bet Leeds (and everyone elses’) fans are saying that Rafa at Newcastle will make them very hard to beat.
    Why worry about Monk ?

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 2, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #39

    What a boring 1st half that was, well done Hodgson you picked the right players for Euros.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 2, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #40

    See ‘ol permed hair is saying there is a new under 25 yr policy for the defence. Seems a bit daft putting an arbitrary age limit on defenders or any other players for that matter’
    Arbitrary age limits has caused other problems at SJP.- so very surprised about this.


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