Aleksandar Mitrovic is yet again making headlines.

Brighton having made a bid for the striker, reported to be around the £8m mark, but instantly rejected by Newcastle United.

Various journalists agree that Newcastle want at least £15m, or maybe even more, before they will consider the Serbian striker.

The question is, what is Aleksandar Mitrovic actually worth?

Higher

Newcastle paid £13m for a promising 20 year old two and a half years ago.

As a teenager Mitro had scored 20 goals in 42 league starts for Partizan in Serbian league football.

At the age of 18 he moved to Anderlecht for £4m and at the higher level in Belgium, scored 36 goals in 65 league matches. Whilst at Anderlecht he also performed well in Champions League football, scoring against both Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.

Arriving as a 20 year old at a Newcastle United in disarray, despite playing in a relegation team Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 9 goals in 22 Premier League starts (plus 12 off the bench).

Playing for his country, Mitrovic has scored nine goals in his last 13 international starts, including scoring six goals in nine World Cup qualifiers to play a key role in taking Serbia to Russia this summer.

Lower

Rafa only started Mitro in one of the final seven matches that decided Newcastle’s Premier League relegation in 2015/16.

The former Anderlecht forward only started 11 of 46 Championship games last season and they were nearly all when Rafa had injuries or wanted to rest the likes of Gayle.

Benitez hasn’t given Aleksandar Mitrovic a single start in the Premier League this season.

In the last 15 months, Mitrovic has scored only two league goals, that is from 24 league appearances including nine starts.

So what is a fair price for the 23 year old, who is now exactly halfway through his five year Newcastle contract?

Rafa Benitez has clearly got no interest in playing Aleksandar Mitrovic and for both Newcastle United’s and the player’s sake, he needs to move on and play elsewhere.

The Newcastle boss can obviously do with having every extra penny from player sales that he can then put towards signings that he wants to make – but what is a fair price for Newcastle United to agree to sell their number 45 for?




  • Paul Patterson

    He hasn’t improved (for whatever reason) he hasn’t gone backwards so he’s probably worth roughly the same as we paid for him.
    The only way he could be worth more is the fact that the market has ballooned in the last two years.
    There is also the argument that he hasn’t developed, has a poor temperament, looks chronically unfit and has barely played.
    £13m is probably about right.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      development is also down to the manager & coaches, i agree on your price & under a manager who will take time to coach him correctly he could come good

    • Wor Lass

      Paul, if you buy a house and do nothing to it but the market rises then you`ll get more for it when you sell. Players are the same. Mitro`s hardly had a sniff this season but was our joint top scorer for ages.

  • Peter Stabler

    He’s on daft wages which doesn’t help the selling price.

    • Wor Lass

      That could be the biggest problem but at least the lad has acknowledged that he needs to leave in order to play.

  • Geordie Pete Moore

    If anyone is willing to pay 15 million we should bite their hand off, Slimani and Giroud or Bas Dost would be ideal as all are proven goal scorers who don’t flap like Joselu

    • Wor Lass

      As a PL prospect, Giroud is in a different class to the other two, in my opinion. We should break the bank for him – sell mitro and forget about signing a keeper. We need goals!

      • Andy Mac

        Good call but I hear his Missus doesnt like it oop North ? I said North ! 🤔

        • Wor Lass

          Yeah, I heard that as well!

          • Big Al 1967

            Was all set to join Everton until Mrs Giroud put her foot down

        • Mitros gotta start

          Stupid bint….leave her in london with the rest of the stuck up kn0bs

      • NUFCDan

        Why would Giroud leave a Champions League club to come here? Be realistic

        • Wor Lass

          He can`t get a game – we`d play him every week as long as he keeps rafa sweet.

          • Rich Lawson

            Love him if we could afford him,proper centre forward, but aren’t Dortmund holding out for him as part of the deal for the stroppy lad ?

          • Wor Lass

            Most likely, Rich – I was just blue-skying! Mrs Giroud probably wouldn`t mind going to the North … of Germany.

  • brian brown

    If he goes I hope they put in a hefty sell on clause. I have a feeling he will improve but he needs to be in a team that plays to his style.

  • IAmYTM

    Love the people voting 1m because they have an issue with mitro, aye let’s just give him away to really help Rafa. Loons

    • Jezza

      Even if he goes for £20 million it won’t help Rafa because Fat Ashley will just pocket all the money.

  • Steve Smith

    Steak bake and giant SD mug.

  • Andy Mac

    For those who slag off the lad might I remind you that wor Al said the No 1 quality that a striker needs is confidence. Lord knows where Mitro’s has gone but I’m guessing that if he plays 30-40 games a season he’ll score goals for any team.

  • 5floorshigh

    ignoring his time at the toon as he aint had any real run in the team and looking at his previous stats and age……how much in the current market would he be worth ?…..we are apparently trying to bring in a striker with less impressive stats, older and injury prone, at a higher price than the selling price of Mitro…….DOH !

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    who is the Chief scout, how many of his recommendations have been any good.
    did he work under Carr, if so why is he still here if Rafa was granted total control.
    the whole transfer of players stink the house out.
    cast offs, reserve team players & then the likes of the Danish lad who not many on here will have heard of.
    is he worth £20m, i couldn`t give a flying F, it`s not my money

  • Blackburn1066

    If the club can get 12 million for a player that is slow, unfit, and will not do what the manager wants him to do on match days, and gets sent off every few games. I would think its a good deal for the Toon.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      then we have strikers that are doing what the manager want`s.
      that`s going well, isn`t it

      • 1957

        Starting players scoring clearly isn’t a tactic

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          😂😂😂

    • Wor Lass

      ” .. gets sent off every few games.” Keep trying!

    • Tony Mann

      I am slow (on crutches), 20KG overweight, don’t do what the wife asks, get sent to do the shopping when I don’t feel like it, and yet my gorgeous Mrs says I’m priceless -(not sure if that’s sarcastic though).

  • 1957

    Given the inflationary transfer market we should look for at least what we paid, if no one will pay it loan him out for a decent loan fee and revisit a sale in the summer a goal or two in the world cup will make his value go up

    • paul mclaughlan

      If he scores 3/4 goals in the World Cup his value will treble. Not past the realms of possibility with the amount of goals he gets at international level.

      • thewildchimp

        Who knows, mate. As I’ve heard, Serbia changed the manager who took them to the Cup. Considering the level of football mafia in the Balkans and surroundings – they might try selling some no name youngsters and dilute the team in the process. If he scores 2+, we’ll be able to sell him for 25-30m easily.
        Now you’ve interested me, I might watch a few Serbian friendlies to see how it goes.

  • East Durham Mag

    No disrespect to Mitrovich but who reckons he’s worth £20 million?

    • Tony Mann

      No one – he’s not.

  • NUFCDan

    What difference does it make to us fans how much the club gets? Fatty will just trouser the money anyway.

    • Jezza

      Spot on. Utterly pointless poll. No matter what size of fee he goes for, in real terms he will be leaving on a free transfer just like all the other players Fat Ashley has sold for multi million Pound fees over the years.

  • Tony Mann

    In this hyper inflationary football world – he’s probably worth near what we paid for him.
    Wages for all clubs/ players have been discussed in another post and, although it galls me to say it, £50K or £60k a week seems to be the going rate for a premier league player in England.
    He’s not going abroad though – no foreign club would crazy enough to entertain that level of wages or transfer fee for a relatively average player with a very questionable temperament / attitude.
    I know there are people on this site that rate Mitro – I just thinks he’s a loony and a liability.
    Get rid.

    • Mitros gotta start

      And rafa is on 6 million a year and doing f’all for it….dead money….get rid

  • ghostrider

    I’d say he’s worth 25 million by todays standards of transfer mega money ridiculous dealings.
    I know 25 million seems cheap for him but Rafa’s refused to play him and I’ve reflected that in the price.
    The best course of action would be not to sell him and just play him.

    • Mxpx

      Agreed its ludicrous that we’re looking for a striker so desperately when we’ve had one all along I would like to see someone better than him come in but that’s not joselu or gayle

      • Tony Mann

        We’re still looking for a striker because Mitro is not a striker.
        He couldn’t hit my house from 10 yards.
        He could, however, kick the shyte out of me because he’s a thug.
        Hence his disciplinary record.
        Get rid.

        • Mitros gotta start

          9 international goals in his last 13 games…..aye he is pure shyte…….clown

    • Tony Mann

      £25 million for a Toon reserve !!!
      AND – you say ’25 million seems cheap’ so you’ve reflected that in the price!!!
      You’re as loony as Mitro.

      • Paul Patterson

        Colback for 15m then?

        • Tony Mann

          Absolutely – give him £350k a week as well

          • Paul Patterson

            I’m a little disappointed with the way it’s gone with Mitrovic as he could have been a good striker but he doesn’t fit into the lone striker role, he constantly looks unfit, is temperamental and if he could generate 13m then fair enough, providing it’s spent wisely.
            I just wouldn’t let him go anywhere near a PL rival for whatever the money. It’s likely to bite us come May.

          • Tony Mann

            I know where you’re coming from.
            When Krul went to Brighton, I said he would save the penalty that sends us down.

          • FatParosite

            Mitro was never going to be a good striker. He does not think. He does not read the game. He seems to use physicality as 85% of his game. He has no hunger for goals.

          • fistsofsteel2

            Second to last time he made an appearance for us he made a mug of Schmeical and scored a decent goal.

            How can you say he looks constantly unfit? He hardly appears.

            Yours is just one of a number of utterly nonsensical statements here. Reading the comments here I wonder if Newcastle fans know anything about football. The number of ignorant comments is astonishing.

  • Guest 2

    Douglas etc saying Brighton offered 8 mil or less. I do wonder how the club are going to argue he’s worth significantly more when he’s not used or even selected and a useless clod like 5 mil Joselu is chosen before him.

    • ghostrider

      Sturridge is hardly used yet he’s being touted at 20 to 35 million, including his injury record.
      Mitro is suddenly worthless because Rafa scrapped him.
      The truth is Mitrovic is being deliberately wasted by a act of managerial criminality against him.

      • Tony Mann

        The likely truth is that something has gone off that we are not party to.
        Whether it is disciplinary or what, we can only surmise.
        He hasn’t just been frozen out because Rafa doesn’t like his hair cut.

      • East Durham Mag

        “Managerial criminality” f*ck me you come out with some statements.

  • Rob

    Ignore sunk costs.

    He hasn’t developed, we don’t play him, and nobody seems particularly interested.

    Take a hit and buy someone who’ll play and score.

    • fistsofsteel2

      How can a young player develop if he never plays?

      At least we can all see how Gayle, and Joselu are developing, eh? No wonder Mitro can’t get a game with these two superstars in the making firing on all cylinders.

      • Rob

        Gayle is a good championship player as shown by his goals for us. Joselu is baffling don’t know why we bothered signing him.

        • thewildchimp

          We aren’t in the Championship anymore. I’m not saying Gayle is bad, but Mitro scored 9 in his first season in English football, at the age of 21. Gayle has 3 goals now, at the age of 27.
          Joss’ and Gayle’s combined value on the market is that of devalued Mitro. Just saying.

  • David2211

    Not bothered as long as he does go, but think around £5m is his value.

    However, we won’t see the money anyway…so it could be £1m or £50m and it won’t matter.

  • GToon

    Next headline : Jorgensen deal linked to Mitrovic sale (and Colback and Arrons etc etc).

    • Tony Mann

      Let’s not go there.

    • FatParosite

      GToon is right what is likely to happen is exactly what the club said when they said Rafa has a green light to spend. Sell to make those purchases. It might happen after players had been bought. But it will happen, a week today.

      • GToon

        I’d rather we went for Dembele of Celtic. He looks a good player from what I’ve seen. They would take £20m I reckon. He’s only 21 too.

        • Mitros gotta start

          With rafas disgusting treatment of young players i wouldnt let them come within 100 miles of st james if i was representing them

  • FatParosite

    If you were a manager & you were contractually obliged to remain quiet while you significantly & systematically starved of budget to do your job… Is there any way you could get back at your owner whilst still doing your job and not falling foul of wriggless room in your contract? I think I would take a leaf out of my bosses book by devaluing assets. Mitro could be that act of petulance.

    • Tony Mann

      Take your point –
      Just think Rafa is bigger than that.
      NEVER seen ‘wriggless room’ in a sentence before.
      That expression sums it up.
      Brilliant – I’m using that again.

      • FatParosite

        Be my guest… Wriggless is how I feel about Ashley’s hands around my club’s throat.

        • Tony Mann

          Absolutely, that encapsulates the entire emotion.
          Get that in the dictionary – ‘Wriggless – the sensation / feeling of throttling a worthless Chav’.
          Cheers.

    • Lhc

      Rafa is a yes man just like Pardew and McClaren, anyone who works under Ashley has been bar king kev his pride/dignity was worth more.

  • Joseph conrad

    Nothwithstanding Rafa’s managerial pedigree the cold shouldering of Mitrovich is the worst example of the treatment of a young player I’ve seen in fifty years of watching the Toon. As for the comments that Mitrovitch hasn’t! developed – how do they know? How can you develop or score goals if you never play, never mind get a run of games. Won’t play him, won’t sell him ( he might score goals for relegation rivals) too bad to play too good to sell). He may not be the finished article but the guy is a goal scoring international striker for Christ,s sake, and scored nine premiership goals in his debut season in a relegated side. The manager has his prerogatives of course but Mitrovitch’s lack of opportunity and the evident freeze on his career is an absolute disgrace and Rafa needs to be called out on it.

    • Megatron1505

      Do you conclusively know why Mitrovic has not been picked to play? Are you aware of every aspect of his fitness, attitude, personal life and standing within the squad?

      If not you are simply speculating and blaming the manager as an easy excuse.

      • nufcslf

        You can treat a player however you like as a manager especially in a half decent side. Rafa is no mug, but in a struggling side that is one of 9 teams hoping not to be the worst 3, Mitro might have helped. No guarantee whatsoever, but not even giving a chance when Joselu has been awful makes me wonder. Ashley has ruined his club all by himself, so nothing NUFC at present matters anyway sadly enough.

        • Megatron1505

          What it makes me wonder is “what the hell is wrong with this lad that he can’t get picked ahead of Joselu?”.

          Like everyone else, I don’t know what the issue is, but on the balance of probabilities I would be more likely to believe that the issue is with the player rather than the manager.

          • nufcslf

            I totally agree, but honestly think for as long as Cashley is connected with the club none of this matters a sh*t at the end of the day. The whole set up is rotten and the ones that matter the least are us that just want a football team to support.

          • Miki Simo

            The issue is with Rafa, he never gave Mitro a run of starting games, Rafa can’t stand him, his attitude, simple as that

          • Megatron1505

            I’ll ask again. Are you aware of every last part of Mitrovic’s personal life to be sure enough that there is no other reason?

            Do you watch him train every day? Do you know that he hasn’t upset the entire dressing room?

            Because if you don’t, you’re speculating.

          • thewildchimp

            What’s that supposed to mean?
            When I play 7-a-side I sometimes have to be in a team with a few blokes that annoy the hell out of me and my good buddies as well. I might want to slug ’em, but I still pass the ball when they are in a good spot. And I do it for free. These blokes are being paid millions.

            I personally believe he did something Rafa doesn’t like and he has binned him since. Maybe he hugged him too strongly two years ago? Can’t be the tactics because Gayle and Joselu netted 3 and 4 goals, respectively. Our two main strikers have 7 league goals between them at the end of January and the third hasn’t been given a proper chance. That’s all I see.

          • Megatron1505

            That’s all you see because that’s all you know. You don’t know why Mitrovic isn’t selected, none of us do, but simply blaming Rafa is lazy and lacks evidence.

            Logically it makes no sense that the manager would knowingly not play our best striker (if that’s what you believe) unless there was a reason that we fans do not know.

            That is all that I am saying.

      • Mitros gotta start

        So why are aarons and mbemba getting the same treatment…..rafa needs sacking for his treatment of these players

        • Megatron1505

          So once again, for the hard of understanding, I don’t know and neither do you….but only one of us is leaping to conclusions without any knowledge.

    • Tony Mann

      How do you know what has gone off ?
      Mitrovich is supposedly a club / business £14m asset.
      I’m not defending the manager in anyway but if he decides not to use him, there is something very, very, wrong.
      Whether that is up to down to Mitro or the manager is open to question.
      The real deal is that NUFC is in the shyte and at this point in time I would imagine you want everyone to pull their weight.
      Rafa has a proven track record as a winning manager.
      Mitro has a proven track record of ridiculous disciplinary issues.
      You decide.

      • nufcslf

        Sadly that might be the very reason he doesn’t get a game, but his presence and being popular with the crowd might just be enough to get something out of him. Who really knows…..

        • Tony Mann

          Understand your point.
          But, every time I watched him, I waited for the inevitable booking or sending off.
          He’s a nasty,dirty player – I know other clubs have them but I don’t want it at SJP.
          Old school naive dictates we win the proper way.
          Real life dictates otherwise.
          We need 11 players on the pitch – not 10 because this [email protected] loses his marbles.

          • nufcslf

            I agree. I seem to remember the home match with West Ham being exactly that. Scores a goal and then got a stupid red card. Completely mindless and will get you dropped for good reason. Then you need to train hard and do all of the right things to get another chance. This is where he might fail and just be a big head for the goals he scores for his country and wants to be picked on that reason only. Not in any professional sport, you have to earn the privelage and sometimes on a weekly basis.

          • Mitros gotta start

            More lies….rafa says mitro is one of the hardest trainers at the club

          • nufcslf

            Got nothing personally against Mitro. Would loved to of seen him have an Andy Carroll type influence like the last time promoted. There’s plenty of matches so far this season that at least he would have at least let the opposition defence know they were in for a game. We don’t what goes on behind the scenes. When certain player’s looked to be targeted and the team is struggling in those positions, as a fan you have to wonder what the hell is going on. Rafa pick’s the team week in and week out, but the bottom line is Cashley has created a rotten club from top to bottom leaving this to have little to nothing to do with football.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Whereabouts in canada are you?

          • nufcslf

            Vancouver since Dec 1980 at only 14. Lucky enough to see the making of Peter Bearsdley. Told I would know nothing about the toon and lose my Geordie accent. Made sure neither happened. Work for Canada Post and even the poor sods that don’t have the slightest bit of interest in ‘soccer’ on my walk, know what a barsteward fat Cash is. Do hope Mitro is not sold and is given a chance. We shall see.

          • Mitros gotta start

            I am in red deer alberta

          • nufcslf

            Very good. We are so lucky how many matches are on the telly in North America. Gave up on Sportsnet World after the first relegation and just about every toon match has been on there this season. Just as well I don’t mind listening to them.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Haha…me too…wasnt paying an extra $15 a month for a channel that wasnt even in hi-def….kodi box is a godsend

          • Damon Horner

            So is “Rafa the liar” not a liar when he says that? 😅

          • Mitros gotta start

            You can be a liar some of the time aswell…there are different levels….the fat slug lies everytime he opens his piehole….rafa only half the time

          • Miki Simo

            Get out of Rafas ass you [email protected]

          • Tony Mann

            What are you on about ? Silly c*nt.

      • fistsofsteel2

        When was the last time Rafa won anything?

        • Tony Mann

          When was the last time Mitro won anything?

          • thewildchimp

            Well, why isn’t he a liability in his national squad? They aren’t a bad side, they have Tadic, Milivojevic and Matic there as well. Rafa doesn’t like him for some reason and won’t play him. He’s done that in the past.

          • Damon Horner

            Add in Milinković-Savić and Kolarov as well and you have a good side in terms of balance and creativity, take nothing from Mitrovic but it must be easier with that level of player around you.

          • fistsofsteel2

            When you hire a manager past his best before date…..the manager is the liability.
            Mitro was highly regarded when we signed him. This has been an example of a club badly managing a young promising striker.

      • Mitros gotta start

        So whats his excuse for freezing out mbemba and aarons?
        The man is a clown…..the sooner he goes the better

    • Mxpx

      Agree 110% I just want to see him given a chance if he messes up then he’s done no more harm than our other strikers would although it’s interesting that people call out mitrovic for elbows but not shearer who like probably everyone else is my favourite player of all time but he did like an elbow and when talking about dirty players Dwight gayle likes a dive and tried scoring with his hand himself ultimately if he scores a few we’ll forgive him

    • Damon Horner

      I don’t know like. Accusations about Beardsley is worse if true.

  • Megatron1505

    In the current market he should go for at least what was paid for him, although is actual value is probably less than that.

  • fistsofsteel2

    Well he’s clearly worth less than Joselu and Gayle in Rafa’s eyes. If the club want £15million, does that mean we’d want more than that for Joselu, or Gayle? LOL.

    He can’t even get on our subs bench so we have a nerve to pretend he’s worth anything.

    He’s a young player who has been treat atrociously by Rafa, and hasn’t been given any chance to develop, has been terribly managed, and NUFC may well be responsible for ruining a young players future.

    • Mark Potter

      He ruined it for himself the first couple of games, when he could have had two red cards. Then he got a chance again this season, and elbowed an opposition player in the face. He’s had the opportunities. He’s blown it.

      • HarryHype59

        For once I agree! I was at his first game at SJP against Southampton. He nearly broke a players leg after being on the pitch as sub for 20 seconds and should have been red carded. He has a nasty irrational violent streak.

  • Albert Stubbins

    he’s worth what a club are willing to pay for him- will anyone go above ten? what can you get for ten million these days? oh I know- Dwight Gayle. So in that case he’s worth about the same as they both cannot score when you really need them to but do score the odd goal here and there. Ten Million for me should be enough.

  • HarryHype59

    The Mitrovic saga shows the dangers of signing players from weaker leagues. For a reputed £13m transfer fee and £60k a week wages, he has been poor.

    • Miki Simo

      😂😂 you will see when he scores against the toons

      • HarryHype59

        Maybe maybe not. He could be serving a ten match ban for drop kicking a rival player!

  • NUFC9

    I wouldn’t be in a hurry to sell him to a relegation rival such as Brighton.

  • Down Under Mag

    Given he isn’t in our first team reckoning, it limits our power in negotiations. A club isn’t going to pay over the odds for a player who is largely still an unkown quantity in goal scoring terms BUT has a huge stigma associated with him in terms of discipline issues. I don’t think he was ever going to work under Rafa given the tactics employed by the boss, and if we manage to sell and use that cash to bring in a decent replacement then great.

    No matter what though I wouldn’t be selling to a relegation rival as it would be just our luck that Brighton find the exact formula that works and he bangs goals in left right and centre to secur etheir safety while we continue to struggle and go down on goal difference or something ironic like that.

    • NUFC9

      100% agree. I think he could come good but if he doesn’t fit our tactics and Rafa has no intention whatsoever of playing him, take whatever we can get from him but not from Brighton, West Brom, Stoke, etc.

  • Geordiegiants

    THe sooner he is gone the better, for any amount of money.

  • Toontone100

    The answer is whatever Rafa wants … presuming the money will be re-spent on players ….If he thinks he can do a good deal if he gets £5m I would go with that ! On the other hand he might need £15m … we just dont know the mechanics.going on. For a striker of his quality… £12/13 m sounds right to me

  • Megatron1505

    Well we have the answer, £50m.