A bid has been made for Aleksandar Mitrovic on Tuesday according to both Sky Sports and the Chronicle.
The offer came in from Brighton as detailed in the reports, although the Chronicle say that the bid was rejected out of hand.
The newspaper say that Mike Ashley and his minions found the offer ‘paltry’.
They state that Newcastle/Ashley want £15m minimum, or potentially more, for the Serbian international.
‘Brighton have made a bid to sign Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to Sky sources.’
‘Newcastle United have rejected a bid for Aleksandar Mitrovic after Brighton attempted to lure the big striker to the south coast.
The Chronicle understands that the initial offer for the Serbian international has been deemed as paltry by the Magpies and United will hold out for at least £15million.’
I always find this a really bizarre one, whenever the subject of selling Aleksandar Mitrovic comes up, the message from the club (usually via The Chronicle) is that they are reluctant to sell him and it would take this minimum of £15m for them to even consider selling him.
The whole thing just doesn’t make any sense.
Well actually, the only thing I can see making sense is that it is Mike Ashley wanting to make a point and digging his heels in to justify the club’s failed transfer policy that he and Graham Carr orchestrated. Refusing to accept a realistic valuation, a bit like selling a certain football club…
Rafa Benitez could not have made it more clear that he is desperate to get rid of Aleksandar Mitrovic and I’m sure was actively wanting to sell him in all four transfer windows (including this one) whilst in charge at St James Park.
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 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.
Paying £13m for him two and a half years ago, exactly how has the Serbian striker’s value gone up and not down? It is well crazy that Mike Ashley is allegedly demanding £15m or more…well it certainly isn’t Rafa Benitez holding out for more.
There are claims/speculation elsewhere tonight that the figure Brighton have allegedly offered is £8m.
Personally, I would bite their hands off for that )and I’m sure Rafa would do too). Especially if Mitro’s departure would then allow Rafa Benitez to bring in his choice of striker signing, with Mike Ashley having promised to back him in these remaining days of January…
Mitro is already two and a half years into his five year contract and if Rafa could have sold him in Summer 2016, Newcastle would have already saved £5m or so in wages.
I know some Newcastle fans still see him as a striker who will come good for NUFC but simple fact is that he is unable/unwilling to do the non-stop running/chasing down that Rafa Benitez needs of his whole team, including/especially his strikers.