Sunday morning has brought reports that clubs in three different countries all want to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic in January.
His former club Anderlecht is one of them, the current reigning Belgian champions are claimed to be keen to take the striker back.
However, the Chronicle say that their offer would only be a loan one for the rest of the season.
No surprise as clubs in Belgium would be able to get nowhere near the full financial package to pay for a permanent deal, this is a league where Newcastle’s Matz Sels became the best paid player ever to play in Belgium, when joining Anderlecht on loan in the summer.
The report though also reveals/claims that clubs in China are interested in signing Mitrovic.
Two have registered their interest according to the report, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua plus one other unnamed club. Obviously, Chinese clubs would be able to cope with the financial side of any loan or permanent deal.
Finally, one English club have also this week registered their interest in signing the Serbian international – though it is a Championship club.
The Chronicle haven’t named them but after Wolves and Middlesbrough both spent £15m or more on single players in the summer, so it isn’t inconceivable that a second tier outfit could potentially be willing to buy Mitro, rather than only a loan deal being on offer.
Much though of course will depend on whether Newcastle/Mike Ashley are willing to ask a realistic price for the striker, far less than the £13m/£14m that was paid back in summer 2015.
After a half decent first season in the Premier League, Mitrovic was one of a number of Newcastle players who failed to really impress last season in the Championship, though of course he wasn’t helped by Rafa Benitez limiting his chances. Mitro started 11 and came off the bench in another 14 last season, scoring four league goals.
Despite unhappy times at Newcastle, including only 30 Premier League minutes this season, Mitrovic has scored nine goals in his last 11 starts for Serbia, the latest coming on Friday in a 2-0 win over China. Next up is an away game at South Korea on Tuesday.
Whilst Rafa Benitez remains in charge, you can’t imagine Newcastle United’s number 45 getting a regular game, so a parting of the ways looks set to happen sooner rather than later, Which will be for the benefit of both parties, no point in keeping a player who isn’t wanted.