Aleksandar Mitrovic could be set for a move to Turkey according to reports on Tuesday morning.

Talks have already taken place between the striker’s agent and Besiktas officials the report claims.

Fotospor say that the Turkish champions are now going to move the transfer along with club officials travelling to Tyneside this week to discuss a transfer with Newcastle United.

Mitrovic only got 11 starts in the Championship last season and clearly looks to have no future at the club, so the only way forward looks to be for Rafa and Newcastle to try and move the Serbian international out of the club in the most financially beneficial way possible.

As Newcastle’s highest earner that could prove difficult unless the player is prepared to potentially agree lower wages elsewhere and/or NUFC to take a massive hit on the £14m they paid Anderlecht two years ago.

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

The Fotospor report says that the initial talks have 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.

The report appears to indicate that Besiktas would be looking at a permanent transfer but if indeed there is substance to this Turkish newspaper story, whether 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 could offer Mitrovic the prospect of Champions League football, as well as having the additional finances to help pay for any deal.

Previous reports had 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.

  • Paul Patterson

    Can’t see him being good enough next season. £10m and the deal will be done.

    • Albert Stubbins

      I think that’s a nail on the head job.

    • Geordiegiants

      Is he worth 10million? Glenn Murray went to Brighton for about 3m. I know who I would rather have.

      • Paul Patterson

        No he’s not, but any less and it wouldn’t be worth selling him.

        • Geordiegiants

          I would give him away, wages are a massive factor now. I don’t think we will get much more than 5m for him personally, I have been known to be wrong, but I can’t see anyone stumping up for a player that can’t cut it in the second div.

      • Lhc

        You know nothing about football then

        • Geordiegiants

          Yeah me and Rafa!

  • Rich Lawson

    He’s a likeable bloke who makes all the right moves,just not on the pitch in game time,talks a good match,but !

    • Geordiegiants

      but just not good enough!

      • Rich Lawson


  • Geordiegiants

    Let’s hope he is willing to take a pay cut, we need him gone, over rated and over paid!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    he`s got no chance at Newcastle as long as Rafa`s manager he plays one striker & Mitro needs to play with a 2nd forward. once again the blueprint has failed with buying potential only to find they aren`t up to it, Another massive financial hit for Nufc but that`s state normal when you put an amateur like Penfold in as MD

    • Geordiegiants

      He’s got no chance in English football, full stop!

    • HarryHype59

      The cumulative losses on Thauvin, Cabella, Saivet, DeJong, Riviere and Mitro must be around 15m at least. Add in their wages and you get at least another 20m. Can someone tell me how Carr and Charley haven’t been sacked by Ashley?

      • MadMag83

        Probably because of the £30m pocketed for Sissoko, the £10m earned on Wijnaldum etc. Plus if he gets a proper scout and director he’ll have to pay them more money and they’ll have the cheek to look at decent players instead of the bargain bins!

        It’s all about buying low and selling high with Ashley, it’s the only way Del Boy knows.

        • HarryHype59

          The player recruitment under Carr and Penfold has resulted in yet another
          relegation. This has cost the owner 70m in lost TV revenue. I still don’t understand how these two are still at the club.

          • MadMag83

            Because Ashley doesn’t have a clue and neither do they. It’s only due to fan pressure that Rafa stayed on. It’s not like the board persuaded him to.

          • HarryHype59

            No arguments from me on that point!

    • Down Under Mag

      I think more of the problem lies with the manager havign had no say in ho was acquired – you then end up with players who Carr thinks are good, who the owner hopes will increase in value and who don’t fit into the current style of play. To be honest I think Thauvin could have been good under Rafa but Mitro doesn’t fit the bill, as much as I like his passion I think he would be best to head off to try his hand at a new club as I can’t see him getting many chances here.

      • Mumbles

        I agree, I would have loved to see Thauvin play in a decent team for the toon.

  • Jimblag23

    Shame but I guess probably best for all.

  • MadMag83

    His passion would be well received by Besiktas fans. If he could score a few for them as well they’d probably worship him.

    Does Demba Ba still play for them?

    • Leazes Ender

      Transfermarkt says yes and he’s valued at £6.8m

      • MadMag83

        I’d have him back back on a short term deal.

  • Burt Humperdink

    You could tell by Rafa’s body language that he was frustrated with Mitro’s general play and antics. Will do well to get double figure millions for him.

    • Leazes Ender

      Sure will he’s valued at £8.5m

      • Mumbles

        I reckon we could get Fee Undisclosed for him

  • HarryHype59

    Let’s be honest he has been poor for 14m and 60k a week. High wages and long contracts will be a problem shifting other Carr flops like Saivet, Riviere and De Jong.

  • HarryHype59

    A sale, even at a loss is preferable to seeing him go out on loan like Saivet and De Jong. As the Rafalution is going to be self funded, Rafa needs to generate funds to bring in new players of EPL quality.

  • NUFCDan

    Sell him at a loss with a big sell on clause on the off chance he comes good. I could see him scoring goals again in Turkey and getting a bug move in a couple of years.

  • Mitro doesn’t fit with Rafa’s style of play and we should sell or get him on loan. Problem is that there aren’t many better strikers around for 10mln or so.

  • Mr wobert

    Hope he has more success there, he tried here but not up to the pressures of playing for the toon