Aleksandar Mitrovic has been given 48 hours by Newcastle United to decide whether or not he wants to move to Tyneside, according to La Derniere Heure in Belgium.
The Brussels based newspaper says that they understand Newcastle have decided enough is enough and need to move on if Mitrovic doesn’t want to come, if he wants to continue to hold out for a Champions League team.
They also state that their information is that Mitrovic will take no part in Anderlecht friendlies on Wednesday and Sunday as he decides his future, presumably to guard against picking up any deal-threatening injury.
This afternoon sees Anderlecht carrying out their official photo shoot and club spokesman David Steegen has stated to the press:
“All core players will be present on Tuesday and will be photographed, we do not take into account all the (transfer) rumours.”
The expectation is that team group shots will be taken with and without both Aleksandar Mitrovic and defender Chancel Mbemba, the defender also linked with an imminent move – Newcastle and numerous other clubs credited with an interest in him, the player said to be hoping for a move to Atletico Madrid.
La Derniere Heure suggesting that the shots including Mitrovic and Mbemba will shortly become collectors items.
It is not only Newcastle who will be pressing for a quick conclusion, as Anderlecht kick off their league season in only 12 days time (26 July) and will be looking to use some of the money from the seemingly imminent sales, to buy new players themselves.
Whilst for Newcastle, Mitrovic certainly appears to be the striker who has become Plan A and with now less than four weeks until United kick off their season, the idea of not having a striker signed up in time to be involved against Southampton isn’t something that I want to think about.