The Mirror is reporting today that Chris Hughton and Brighton are interested in Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The south coast club had him watched on Friday night when he played for Serbia and Brighton need a goalscorer since they have scored only 5 goals in their first 7 league games.
Newcastle have not done much better with 7 goals in 7 games, but Mitro was suspended for three of those games and didn’t even make the bench against Liverpool in our last game.
Last night Serbia qualified for the finals of the World Cup in Russia next summer when Aleksandar Prijovic scored in the 74th minute for the only goal of the game.
And it was Aleksandar Mitrovic who put in the cross that Prijovic was able to convert for the 1-0 win against Georgia.
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action for Newcastle
Rafa could be willing to sell Mitro in January, but only if two conditions are met.
First of all, we have a replacement who can come in and fill the void and only if we can get full value for Aleksandar – probably around £20M.
The 32 times capped Serbian International (10 goals) will not want to leave Newcastle, but it doesn’t look like Rafa wants the player long term.
Rafa doesn’t like players he can’t trust on the field and Mitro has had his disciplinary problems while at Newcastle.
The transfer fees also seem to be going up all the time to ridiculous levels so Newcastle will want decent compensation if we do sell Mitrovic.
It would also be good if Newcastle can get some decent business done in the January transfer window and that means selling players as well as bringing new players in.
How much money Rafa will have to spend in January will depend on whether Mike Ashley is still the owner of Newcastle by then.
If he is then Rafa is likely to be given very little money to spend.
It looks like Mike wants Newcastle’s financial records to be good to tempt any potential investor into bidding for the club.
But there again the financial records have always been the top priority with Ashley.
That’s just one of the big mistakes Mike has made in running the club with so little success on the pitch for over ten years.
Maybe that’s about to change.