The Italian publication Corriere dello Sport had a report out yesterday saying that Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was still a target in January for Napoli, but that there seemed little chance of Newcastle selling the player at that time.
They report that Napoli’s former boss Rafa Benitez is aiming to get Newcastle back to the Premier League this season with and that Aleksandar is one of the key players that can help the club do that.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – wanted by Napoli but not available
That’s especially true with his excellent goal-scoring form for both Newcastle and Serbia in the last several weeks.
They report that Napoli have used third parties to see if Mitro would be available in January, but they see the door to Mitrovic double-locked by Newcastle.
In other words Mitrovic is not available for transfer this January and we would be very surprised if the player would be made available or sale in the summer.
There are at least two reasons for that – one is that he is the most popular player on Tyneside with the fans – so that’s important to the manager.
The second reason is he is expected to improve his game with another six months under the masterful coaching of Rafa Benitez.
Napoli may start to look at other more available targets in January, such as Juventus’ Italian International striker Simone Zaza, who is loan at West Ham.
And only yesterday Simone told Italian TV:
“Napoli are a great team and I have already been fortunate enough to play for Juventus, so I am proud of that.”
“But I am focused on breaking my duck and playing well.” “West Ham are my current club and it would be a personal failure if I was to leave now.”
Zaza has not scored in 9 games for West Ham after scoring 8 goals in 24 appearances for Juventus last season.
The loan has cost West Ham a whopping €5M (£4.3M) loan fee, with a €20M (£17.2M) obligation to buy fee after Zaza has made a certain number of Premier League appearances.