Dragan Duric has told Serbian newspaper Mondo that a £15m deal has been agreed to take Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht to Newcastle.
Duric is the former Partizan Belgrade president who sold the striker to Anderlecht and picked up a lot of criticism at the time.
However, now Dragan Duric feels he has been vindicated because as well as the initial €5m Partizan picked up at the time, the then President had a clause inserted that entitled the Serbian club to 20% of any profit, with Duric claiming that Partizan will now pick up a further €3.4m.
If the deal has indeed been agreed and the details are as Duric has described, it would mean a fee of around €22m has been agreed by Newcastle, which at today’s exchange rate is the equivalent of just over £15m.
This is what Dragan Duric told Mondo:
“All of you criticised me when I sold Mitrovic and now it has turned out that it was an excellent move.
“We sold him for €5m and now Partizan will gain another €3.4m – a total of €8.4 million of one player. According to my information, the transfer of Mitrovic to Newcastle is a done deal, it is a matter of time before he signs.”
United have been regularly connected with Aleksandar Mitrovic and the latest was on 5 May when Belgian press claimed 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 26 goals in 46 starts for Anderlecht this year, the 20 year old striker who has been dubbed the ‘Serbian Ibrahimovic’ would be a major shot in the arm for Newcastle fans and definitely point to a more realistic and ambitious outlook on the transfer market.