News today that Napoli have joined the race to sign 22 year-old Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and it looks like they are hoping to strike a deal at €10M (£8.7M) for the Serbian striker.
But they have no chance of getting him for that fee and Newcastle are at least wanting the £14M back they paid to Anderlecht two years ago for him – but it does seem that Rafa is willing to sell the striker this summer.
If we do sell Mitro, then Rafa will bring in another striker to replace him and it looks like we have now won the race to sign exciting 19 year-old Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on loan for the season.
Rafa Benitez with Aleksandar Mitrovic
Newcastle have been trying to negotiate a deal with Napoli officials for goalkeeper Pepe Reina and maybe we can do a deal with Mitro going in one direction and Pepe the other, with Newcastle also getting £10M or £11M from Napoli?
Irish striker Daryl Murphy will also be leaving Newcastle this summer, so top scorer Dwight Gayle seems the only current striker assured of a role next season in the Premier League for Newcastle.
With Turkish giants Besiktas and Fenerbahce both interested in signing Mitrovic, Newcastle will hope there is a bidding war for their Serbian striker, but they will certainly not sell unless they recover the fee they paid Anderlecht for him two years ago.
The news is that the Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri rates the Serbian International striker, but it all depends on what fee Napoli are willing to pay for Mitrovic.
It seems the only way Mitro will remain on Tyneside in the coming season is if Newcastle cannot get their money back on him.
Aleksandar could even go out on loan next season with an option to buy to get his wages off the Newcastle wage bill.
This will be a blow to the young striker, who had hoped to be a huge success at the club of his idol while he was growing up in Belgrade – the great Alan Shearer.
But in the two years he’s been at Newcastle, Mitro has been disappointing with just 15 goals scored in 65 appearances.
What do you think?