Newcastle United Managing Director Lee Charnley, has stated that Besiktas could sign Aleksandar Mitrovic, with the draw of Champions League football tempting the player to move to Turkey.

Talking to Turkish media outlet Fotomac, Charnley says ‘we are talking about an excellent player who is only 22 years old’ but that it would be ‘tough for him (Mitrovic) to refuse’.

This is surprising news for a few reasons but the main one is Lee Charnley actually speaking to anyone in public, if these quotes are indeed true.

It would be a little strange even in this mad media era for a media outlet to completely fabricate some quotes.

Local north east newspapers have said in recent days that Newcastle would sell Mitrovic but Mike Ashley would only allow he and other unwanted players to go IF the club gets back all/most of the money Newcastle spent on them. With Mitro costing around £14m and being one of the top wage earners at the club, that would be a sizeable sum for a club like Besiktas, even if they do have Champions League football/cash next season.

In the past, Alan Pardew would happily make clear Newcastle were willing to sell any star player, usually giving quotes along the lines of ‘There is no way we want to sell ******** but just like any club, every player has his price blah blah blah’.

Difficult to see Rafa Benitez willing to be the club’s stooge so maybe Lee Charnley has been forced out of hiding to do the public selling job instead.

Earlier this week other Turkish media reported that talks had already taken place between the striker’s agent and Besiktas officials,  with Fotospor sayng that the Turkish champions were now going to move the transfer along with club officials travelling to Tyneside to discuss a transfer with Newcastle United.

The Besiktas club officials said to be travelling to Newcastle for talks were (Director of Football) Ali Naibi and Umut Guner.

The Fotospor report said that the initial talks had been helped by the fact that the Besiktas officials have a close relationship with Nenad Jestrovic.

Jestrovic played in Turkey before ending his playing days and now acts as Mitrovic’ agent.

Lee Charnley speaking to Fotomac:

“We are talking about an excellent player who is only 22 years old.

“But we are talking about a team that will be playing Champions League football next season.

“It would be tough for him to refuse but we will see what happens.”

If there is substance to the Mitrovic reports, then a loan or permanent deal may rest largely on what Newcastle will be holding out for in terms of a transfer fee.

A permanent deal would surely be far preferable, as the loan deals this past season for the likes of Emmanuel Riviere and Siem de Jong, have seen their stock/value fall even further after struggling to get regular first team football for PSV and Osasuna.

Besiktas have just won the league title and so do go straight into the group stages of Champions League football, whilst previous reports claimed that Fenerbahce had also registered an interest in the Newcastle striker.

Maybe the most likely exit plan for the former Anderlecht forward will be a loan deal with a permanent transfer clause based on appearances.

The ability to move players such as Mitrovic on, could play a major part in Rafa Benitez’ ability to stretch his transfer budget far enough to bring in the quality of players needed for the Premier League this coming season.

With only 11 starts last season in the Championship it is quite clear that Aleksandar Mitrovic doesn’t have a future at Newcastle in the Premier League under Rafa Benitez, so hopefully a deal can be struck with Besiktas or whoever, that will suit all parties.



  • Jimblag23

    Get the deal done soon then so we can replace.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      With Gouffran

      • Geordiegiants

        Ha ha, when he first came he was a striker, he looked very industrious and direct. Rafa seems to bring the best out in hard working players.

  • Geordiegiants

    I know he is only 22 but we took him on the assumption that he Could deliver. Some players seem to hit their full potential when they are young, some are late bloomers. He just doesn’t seem to have any at all in my opinion.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`ll never fit in with Rafa`s style of play, you only have to look at the previous clubs he`s managed & some rally good strikers left simply because of that

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bull schitt, he`s dropping it right on the players toes about leaving when the truth is he`ll never start under Rafa. it`s a PR exercise

  • Leazes Ender

    What’s this …. a sales bluff….

    I see Bobbi Fleckman lost his deposit

  • HarryHype59

    Carr overpaid on Mitro and gave him an over generous salary. This is a recurring problem with the recruitment policy at NUFC. The club will have to take a financial hit to off load him. I am not a fan of his, but I would sooner see him stay rather than be loaned out.

  • Albert Stubbins

    if we recoup anywhere near the the money we shelled out for Mitro it will be a bigger swindle than the Sissoko deal. Get it done Charnley- the double bluff looks like it worked!!

  • Taz

    Maybe he can score some sitters elsewhere, unfortunately he couldn’t when they were on a plate for him for us.

  • Wor Lass

    I like Mitro and I think he will go on to be a good performer somewhere but he hasn`t done the business so far and is probably not in Rafa`s plans so it will be best for all concerned if we can do a deal and get someone else in.

    PS Graham, your torured attempt to bring Pardew into this article and have a dig is really quite pathetic. It`s getting on for 2 years since he moved on – why can`t you do the same? And which manager doesn`t come out with that ” so-and-so is important to us but anyone has their price” sort of line?

  • toonterrier

    If he goes maybe he could take Chumpley with him as he’s outstayed his welcome at Newcastle. Another space available for someone who knows what they’re doing.

  • Russ Burke

    Has a great heart and love of the game but sadly did not perform enough times to turn down our money back on him. Good luck Mitro.

  • Stephen Paylor

    I like Mitro but if we can get back what we paid for him i think we should do it. He just doesnt fit in Rafa’s style with one up top and can not run in behind with any kind of pace. Batshuyai would be the man for me if he was possible

  • Alreet

    All the passion of a lion but couldnt finish a pint let alone a scoring chance. Get the same or more back and go get batshooeye or ian nachio. Play in the prem and have pace to burn. Would love to see that lineup with nachio behind gayle then atsu and ritchie on the wings.