The news today in Serbia is that Aleksandar Mitrovic could be set to sign for Aston Villa.

The reported fee being a record for the Championship, if it actually happens…

The international break has really lit the fire under transfer rumours, no club football and so something has to be done to attract the attention of punters.

This Mitrovic ‘move’ being a classic example.

Many Serbian media outlets are reporting the potential transfer and this is typical of what they are saying –

‘Latest in the series (of clubs interested in Aleksandar Mitrovic) is Aston Villa who are willing to break the record for Mithra transfer.

Aston Villa is ready to pay around 20 million euros which would be the biggest transfer in the history of the second-tier of English football.

We should not forget the previous interest of Crystal Palace and Swansea, and at one time  mentioned, even Everton.

We will see if Villa beat the other competitors in the market and whether Mitrovic would be part of a new record in the Championship!’

The big problem comes when you trace the story back to its original roots.

I had a look and it all appears to have started with an article on a UK based website, which is then picked up around the World, including in Serbia.

The site is called Winner Sports and it has a conversion success rate to its transfer stories, which is very similar to Emmanuel Riviere’s record in front of goal.

They ran the following, the author’s profile showing him to be a native of Nepal in the Himalayas who chose to follow Crystal Palace from afar.

Winner Sports:

‘Aston Villa FC set for shock deal with Newcastle United FC’s £16 million man.

According to reports, Aston Villa are interested in making a surprise swoop for Newcastle United attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has managed to gain a lot of popularity among the Newcastle United supporters with his committed displays…However, Mitrovic has not quite been able to nail down a spot as a regular for Newcastle under Rafael Benitez during the current campaign.

Aston Villa spent a lot of money at the start of the current campaign…particularly extravagant in improving their attacking lineup with the signings of Jonathan Kodjia and Ross McCormack.

However, McCormack has proven to be a huge flop at Villa Park and with the Scottish international likely to be offloaded…

Now Mitrovic has been mentioned as an ideal target by Bruce and it will be interesting to see how much Villa will have to splash to sign the striker who cost Newcastle a sizeable £16 million.’

In the next few hours/day or two, with the way modern ‘reporting’ works, we will for sure start to see English media running stories that Serbian newspapers/websites have an exclusive that Mitrovic is off to Aston Villa for a record Championship transfer fee.

The story actually starting life in the shadow of Mount Everest!

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Villa will face tough competition for Mitro when Real come in for him

    • Mark Davies

      Why are you always so negative mackemmoose

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        dont be an idiot i`ve always supported Mitro, you cant see sarcasm when it bites you in the a $$

        • Mark Davies

          Nope. I get the sarcasm not the constant negative pee taking you do mackem moose. Ill repost what i said about you other day you makckem joke

        • Mark Davies

          Quiet oh mmm

      • MichaelMaximusMoose


        • Mark Davies

          To mackemus moose. You are a complete tool. A person with many versions of mouse as a name that all sound red and white. Like mackimus. You are a liar and a fool. You were outed on the chron when you said you never commented on here and vica versa. You said you started going in the keegan era so nows no good then pretend you went before. You said tou dont go on protest then you went to tenner cup games. Worst of all you called st james sid james thinking it was a cool thing til you were told thats what mackems call it. Off you f00k mackem moose

  • Wor Lass

    Those Nepalese reporters are Abominable!

  • Wor Lass

    They can write whatever they want on their bed sheets but if Villa nick Mitro then I`ll really start to hate them!

  • toonterrier

    Got to be worth more than Sissoko. Another £34 million. Get in. Another block of flats paid for in the toon

  • Kazie

    To be honest Mitro really should play for a club in the italian league a team that will suit his style of play and the league itself suits him…He’ll bang in the goals surely for them especially if they give him those crosses…He has good passion and desire for our club which is hard to get from a player now a days but Rafa doesn’t seem to fancy him and Mitro is just not that pacy striker that Rafa likes so much to suit his 4-2-3-1 system….so we should sell Mitro and use that funds to buy Gray.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Ashleys revenge for the bedsheet fiasco would be complete!!!

  • MadMag83

    Can’t see Mitrovic leaving a club (hopefully) on its way back to the Premier League, to join a club who will be in the second tier for at least another season. Also can’t envisage Villa spending a great deal more after investing so much already.