Yesterday, notorious ‘super’ agent Pini Zahavi declared that Aleksandar Mitrovic would be a Newcastle player before we all went to bed last night.
However, the Serbian striker is still at Anderlecht’s pre-season training camp this Saturday morning, with Belgian media posting photos of Mitrovic with his teammates in Tegelen (Holland), without the Tyne bridge in sight.
Zahavi had told Sudinfo in Belgium on Friday:
“The transfer will be completed in the coming hours.
“Aleksandar Mitrovic will sign a contract for five seasons for the former club of Philippe Albert.”
However, Saturday morning has seen further information with Aleksandar Mitrovic’ father telling Het Laatse Nieuws (HTN) in Belgium, that whilst Newcastle is still ‘an option’ they are waiting for another club.
That club is FC Porto according to HTN, with the player and his father having engaged Pini Zahavi to try and find him a club that can offer Champions League football.
The HTN report this morning also claims that Mitrovic was a ‘Huge Newcastle fan’ when Alan Shearer was playing for the club.
Super agent Zahavi is notorious and has been involved in many controversial deals, not only for player transfers but also changes in club ownership. As well as being a key player in the shambles of Portsmouth’s ownership as the club fell apart, Zahavi was also involved in the Abramovich takeover at Chelsea, then going on to make millions from player deals involving the London club.
Pini Zahavi states…:
“I just bring people together and I get paid my commission if a deal is struck.”
Whether Newcastle get the player or not in the end, it leave sa bad taste in the mouth seeing all this played out in public.
Het Laatse Nieuws
‘Newcastle United have offer 16.5m Euros (Approx £12m) but the player’s father awaits an offer from FC Porto. The Portuguese club can offer Champions League football and potentially could include Imoh Ezekiel as part of a swap deal for Mitrovic.
Ivica Mitrovic (the player’s father)
“Yes Newcastle is an option but we are still waiting for another club.”
Aleksandar Mitrovic (When asked about which club he is joining, speaking from Anderlecht’s training camp in Tegelen in Holland)
“What do you want me to say, I’m still here.”
The Anderlecht coach Besnick Hasi says he is not aware of any negotiations taking place but that if the club get a good offer for the striker, they will have to let him go.
Mitrovic was a huge Newcastle fan when Alan Shearer played at St James Park but the striker wants to play at a club with European football. That is why Ivica Mitrovic (the player’s father) hired top agent Pini Zahavi – they eyed a move to Portugal and weren’t keen on a move to Newcastle.
Newcastle are now ‘seducing’ the player’s entourage by offering a long-term contract.
The Magpies remain confident that a deal will be completed for Mitrovic, his transfer might not be over the weekend but they are close on a deal with the striker.’