It looks like French club Lyon is serious about trying to get Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle this summer.
The Northern Echo is reporting today that the French club had two forward targets lined up this summer but it looks like the other target – Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan Hazard of Borussia Monchengladbach – will be too expensive for them.
Negotiations with the German club have forced Lyon to realize he will not be available for less than €25M (£22.3M) this summer.
There are also other clubs in the Premier League clubs who are interested in signing Thorgan Hazard and that could drive up the price beyond even €25M.
22-year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring at Preston on Saturday
If we are to believe the local news Rafa Benitez will sell Mitrovic for around €18M this summer – which is around £16M and about £3M more than we paid for him from Anderlecht two years ago.
But Mitro looked really good on Saturday in that first half at Preston and should we really be thinking of selling this player – given we are still having difficulty bringing in top players in the transfer window?
But the news is that Rafa is willing to sell Mitro this summer at the right price – based on his poor form of last season when he was not even a starter for Newcastle down in the Championship.
The report in the Northern Echo is that Lee Charnley will demand at least €20m (£17.8M) for the Serbian international, and that sounds like a more realistic price for a player who has obvious potential.
In his two year career at Newcastle Mitro has played 65 games for us and scored 15 goals and had 10 assists.
What do think about this?