Yesterday brought ‘reports’ that Newcastle had agreed a £15m deal for Anderlecht’s exciting striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Immediately though, Anderlecht General Manager, Herman Van Holsbeeck, said that there was no truth in the story and nothing had been agreed between Newcastle and Anderlecht.
With 25 goals in 45 starts for Anderlecht this year, the striker who has been dubbed the ‘Serbian Ibrahimovic’ will have no shortage of suitors if the Belgian club decide to sell their biggest asset.
Today, Belgian media organisation Nieuwsblad say that their information is that Newcastle are indeed interested but that they also know for sure that the 20 year old striker has no interest in any such deal.
They also report that the player and his agents had a recent meeting with Anderlecht, where it was agreed that any talks about a potential transfer would be put on the backburner until the end of the season.
The Belgian club are said to be resigned to losing Mitrovic this summer and have a queue of clubs wanting him, with the player seeing European football as a minimum, or at the very least a club that is likely to be in Europe the following year, something that instantly rules Newcastle out.
Arsenal and Dortmund are amongst the many clubs to have been credited with an interest.
Anderlecht expect the player to go for at least a minimum of the £15m that was claimed to be Newcastle’s offer.
Not bad for a player who they paid around £4m for less than two years ago, although Partizan are entitled to 20% of any profit made on the striker.