It seems that Rafa Benitez could still be interested in moving out Aleksandar Mitrovic in the next week, but we’d be shocked if that happens with Newcastle having so little cover at striker.
We basically have new signing Joselu in addition to Dwight Gayle who regularly picks up hamstring strains during the season, so it’s unlikely he will be fully fit for the whole season.
So it’s a surprise if Rafa does sell Mitro or send him out on loan with only a week left in this transfer window, but there’s news today in Gazzetta dello Sport that Hellas Verona may be keen on him.
Verona is managed by former Newcastle coach Fabio Pecchia who knows Rafa very well, and they are reported to talk by telephone today about the possible transfer.
That could be a loan deal, but unless Newcastle has another striker ready to come in, it would seem to be a dangerous move to allow Mitrovic to go out at this late stage in the transfer window.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – could be sent out on loan?
Newcastle paid around £14M for Mitrovic two years ago and will not be willing to take less than that in a straight transfer, and we doubt that Verona has that kind of money available.
Mitro scored an opportunist goal last night in our embarrassing 3-2 defeat in the League Cup by Nottingham Forest.
It would seem a remote possibility that Rafa will allow the 22-year-old Serbian International to leave Newcastle so late in this transfer window.
What do you think?