There’s a report in the Mail today that both Crystal Palace and Swansea – two Premier League clubs fighting relegation this season – would like to sign Newcastle’s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in January and both are said to be willing to pay £15M for the 22 year-old.
There have been rumors and other reports that these struggling clubs are interested in adding more firepower to their ranks, but we would be very surprised if Rafa Benitez will let the young striker leave Newcastle before the summer.
Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring against Preston
Mitro has played 14 times for Newcastle this season with 5 goals and although he is loved by the Newcastle fans for his passion and 100% effort for the cause, he has been a bit of a disappointment since we signed him 18 months ago from Anderlecht.
But the lad is young and he can still improve under the guidance of Rafa Benitez, so we think this one is a complete non-starter.
And why would the young Serbian want to join a club fighting relegation this season, when that’s what he did with Newcastle last season?
Mitro is now part of Rafa’s revolution at Newcastle and the Magpies are top of the Championship having won 16 of the 22 league games played so far and are playing to sold-out crowds at home and away.
Sell-out 52,000 crowds fill St. James’ Park every home game – the biggest attendance ever seen in the Championship.
Mitro also loves it on Tyneside.
The report in the Mail is that Newcastle are also looking to sign another striker in January and that doesn’t surprise us too much as Dwight Gayle has scored an amazing 17 goals for us and no other striker comes near that mark with second top scorer Ayoze Perez having only 6 goals.
If the right players are available Rafa will bring them in next month as he continues to strengthen the already impressive Newcastle squad.
Newcastle signed Mitrovic from Anderlecht for about £13M and he would cost a lot more than that now eighteen months later.
At today’s prices £15M seems a low price for the 26 times capped Serbian International (7 goals) whose best years are ahead of him.
What do you think?
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Elliot will camp out with his friend on Christmas Eve overnight on a challenging section of the wall before trekking around the relativelty under-explored area of Jiankou on Christmas Day.
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