We are now coming up to three seasons of Aleksandar Mitrovic at Newcastle United.

Arriving as a 20 year old in Summer 2015 to cure Newcastle’s goalscoring problems and ensure there would be no more relegation worries…

Things haven’t exactly worked out as we had all hoped.

Such a reliance on buying young players from weak overseas leagues to give an instant answer, proved disastrous.

Relegation was the outcome, with Florian Thauvin moving back to France after only three Premier League starts, Wijnaldum jumping ship due to relegation, whilst Chancel Mbemba’s Newcastle career has kind of followed Mitro’s. Signs of promise but ultimately Rafa Benitez doesn’t want him/them now.

Aleksandar Mitrovic started 22 Premier League matches (plus 12 as sub) in his first season after joining for £14m, scoring 9 PL goals.

Then only 11 Championship starts (14 as sub) last season, scoring 4 league goals.

This season not a single Premier League start (6 as a sub – 89 minutes in total) and a solitary PL goal against West Ham.

I think anybody would/should get the message that Mitro has no future at Newcastle, certainly whilst Rafa Benitez is Manager.

However, an interesting revelation from the Chronicle, who say that Rafa Benitez wanted to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic in the January 2017 transfer window but Mike Ashley blocked it.

They report that Ashley ‘reneged on the understanding’ that Rafa Benitez had full control of transfers in and out. That January 2017 window seeing nobody bought, or sold, thanks to the owner’s interference.

In the Summer (2017) transfer window, it was widely circulated in the media, that Newcastle were keen to sell Mitrovic and that they were using agents to try and sell him, offering the striker to French and Turkish clubs, amongst others, with a price tag of at least £14m to get the money back that was paid for him.

Nothing happened and with no Premier League starts this season, we got to the January 2018 window.

Once again it was reported Newcastle were willing to sell but wanted at least £15m/£16m, which was a bit optimistic with the lack of games in the past 18 months.

Brighton were said to have bid but their offer wasn’t even up to the £10m mark

As it is, no Premier League club but Brighton were prepared to pay for him – and even they would not go beyond £10million. The idea of selling/loaning to a relegation rival was also dismissed  by Rafa Benitez, though it would have been interesting to see what Mike Ashley would have done if any club had offered what he wanted.

Of course, after a loan to Anderlecht fell through at the last minute, Aleksandar Mitrovic ended up at Fulham for the rest of this season.

After finding his feet he is hitting form and the back of the net in the Championship, with now five goals in seven appearances.

This will have encouraged Rafa Benitez that he may at last be able to shift the unwanted striker in the summer and add the transfer fee to his own funds to bring in players he wants.

There is no permanent price agreed with Fulham at the end of the loan but of course with him back playing and scoring goals he suddenly becomes a potential asset for many clubs.

However…the Chronicle say that their understanding is that Mike Ashley has now raised the Mitrovic asking price to £20m.

It is almost as though Ashley is trying to prove a point that it was right to buy the Serbian striker and making it impossible for Rafa Benitez to sell him, so he can wheel and deal and bring in his own players.

Scoring a few goals in the Championship won’t suddenly make Mitrovic a £20m player and common sense has to come into it this summer, the club’s owner has to allow Rafa Benitez to mould a team that he wants.



  • Mrkgw

    He shouldn’t be sold. But, following a successful world cup in the summer and you can bet that that price will be hiked upwards. Ashley will be impressed with the way in which Rafa has added to his pocket coffers by loaning out the player. Even if it is to the detriment of the team. Expect more of the same if it generates profit. Who next, Lascelles? I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • Down Under Mag

      Yup. A few goals in Russia and he will have a lot bigger spenders than Fulham in for him. Or when Ashley refuses to sell the club and Rafa walks, the new manager here may fancy him…obviously assuming a decent offer doesn’t materialise as we all know what will happen then. I fully expect if Ashley does sell it will be after he gets the TV money, sale money for Lascelles, Mitrovic and anyone else he can flog and then leave us in the mire with a new owner having to bankroll new signings without any of that cash available :)

      • nufcslf

        Sadly, all just waiting to happen.

    • Jezza

      Yes, £30 million for Lascelles, £20 million for Mitrovic, the fat greedy pig must be creaming himself in anticipation of this summer’s transfer window.

  • GlasgowMag

    If we do get 20million and Ashley is still in control then its irrelevant as the manager whoever that will be won’t see a penny of it!!!

    • Mrkgw

      Absolutely, nothing to celebrate when players are sold.

    • Clarko

      Newcastle have spent €421.37m, with a €74.88m net spend, on players during the Ashley era as of December 2017. Making your comment wrong.

      • Ram Kishore

        Yes with a idiotic transfer under 24 transfer policy.. Gets your facts right clarko causing us relegation.
        Before that good players like Marveaux got signed by good talent spotters but without the consent of then headcoach who just pardewed him and many others

        • Clarko

          I wasn’t talking about an “under 24 transfer policy”, I was talking about money spent, not only that, there wasn’t an “under 24 transfer policy”, Marveaux was 25 when he signed for Newcastle, get your facts right. Dummy.

          • Wor Lass

            You haven`t answered Lord`s question, I notice.

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂🤣😂

          • Jezza

            He never answers perfectly reasonable questions that put him on the spot.

          • Ram Kishore

            And what about other signings when we got relegated dummy

          • Clarko

            Again, you have completely missed the point, I wasn’t talking about singings you complete moron. Not only that but after selecting a completely random straw man argument, your random argument was wrong, not only was your random argument wrong but you provided evidence (Marveaux) proving your random argument to be wrong, that’s how stupid you are. Dummy.

          • Ram Kishore

            Marveaux was a example for bad signing as s h ole

          • Clarko

            That proved your argument wrong, you f***wit.

          • Ram Kishore

            You have always been narrow minded D**k hole

          • Clarko

            Saying someone is “narrow minded” doesn’t make it true. You are a certified moron, that has been proven.

            I make a statement about spend, you take it upon yourself to reply talking about an imaginary under 24 transfer policy, citing Marveaux, who was signed at 25, in that very same comment, what a dummy.

            Embarrassing.

          • Ram Kishore

            Hehe.. I never knew u are a professional in certifying people lol. Stop being a dum wit moron and be your factreader f**king p**p head

        • Mark Potter

          Marveaux wasn’t a good player though.

      • GlasgowMag

        Fake news I think Shearer was more closer to the truth on average 4.5 million net spend per season within Ashleys 11 year tenure!!!

        • Jezza

          Yes that kind of net spend puts us on a par with some of the smaller clubs in the Championship. Very impressive.

        • Clarko

          Firstly, do you know how currency conversion works? It doesn’t seem like you do. Secondly, you were wrong…

          • GlasgowMag

            Yes I’m an accountant.

          • Clarko

            Not a very good one. You were wrong, get over it.

      • Lord

        Making an average net spend of £6m per year.

        Wow, impressive. How much has TV revenue gone up in the same time?

        • Clarko

          Straw man.

          Teams in the Championship are given a basic £2.084m plus £100,000 for every home game shown live on TV and £10,000 for ever away game shown live on TV. Meaning Newcastle received £2.794m last season in terms of TV revenue.

          • Lord

            With respect, ‘how much did we earn in the Championship last year?’ wasn’t the question asked.

          • Clarko

            With respect, my initial comment wasn’t “ask me about TV revenue”. You were using a straw man, look it up.

            @glasgowmag:disqus was wrong.

  • Ram Kishore

    Chronicle writers do have a great creativity. Soon they will start writing fiction or maybe I’m wrong

    • 1957

      They have been writing fiction for a good while now…

  • nufcslf

    There a surprise from the odeous fat greedy c**t. Even if it is just another story, when is this club ever going to have anything to do with football, the only thing I used to care about. A complete and utter joke and not worth bothering about until fatty f**ks off.

  • ghostrider

    It makes me laugh.
    One minute people like Rafa go on about the price of a good striker and he says things like….to get a good striker you have to pay high. Then goes on to mention that 10 million and 20 million only get you strikers that can’t quite get to the goal and yet some people are arguing as to whether a decent striker like Mitro is being hiked up to 20 million.

    He’s worth that as of now but could be worth double that if the world cup throws up some more TV coverage on his ability that Rafa refused to use to our advantage.

    • Dillon Tovak

      You think we’ll get £40m if he scores a couple of goals in the World Cup?
      How many do you think Kanes going to score?

      • ghostrider

        Did I say we’d get over 40 million? No I didn’t.
        Read what I said and understand what I’m trying to portray.

        • Dillon Tovak

          I’ve missed your point then, I apologise, it looked like it.

          • Jezza

            Never apologise to the troll. His only point is to wind people up and provoke a reaction. Don’t give him the satisfaction.

          • Mike Adam

            Hail the ALL KNOWING, name calling JEZZZZZZZA
            Is there anything this Jezza doesn’t know, even before it happens!

      • thewildchimp

        If he hasn’t realised his mistakes from Euro2016, not many. Vardy and him thought they only needed to show up and they’d score, so an 18 year old lad, Rashford, came up and put them to shame. Hopefully, they are a bit wiser now.

    • Yup. Gayle scored almost 30 goals in the Championship and barely had a sniff in the Prem, so Mitro can score the same and still have less than 10 goals in the Prem. That’s about it really. Championship and League One/Two is garbage. Bunch of overpaid amateurs really.

      • ghostrider

        Barely had a sniff because he wasn’t played at first.

      • Mike Adam

        That is how it works is it? If you say so.

        • For me the gap between Championship and Premier league is massive. Sure a team or two step up, but eventually promoted teams go down again after 2-3 seasons mostly, because they are small clubs and can’t sustain that performance and waging structure for long.
          Newcastle is the only team that actually can with a proper manager cement their Premier League status for the next 5 years or so. Teams like Burnley, Palace, Stoke are a bad manager away from Relegation. We are perhaps two bad managers in a row as was proven before. Newcastle can attract better managers than most clubs and should do. It was Ashley who goofed appointing Pardew/Carver/McClown and I doubt he will make the same mistake knowing how much it has cost him.
          Better pay the manager big bucks than the footballers.
          Managers like Rafa can be a top 10 side with players who will get any Alardyce/Pardew/Hughes type manager relegated for sure.

          • Mike Adam

            Look I am not the others calling for Rafa out. All I have done on here is question him not playing a striker when the others do not score and since we have been shut out 12 times. Think about that 12 matches, almost one-third of our matches we only had a chance to get 1 point which I believe only occured one time. Also questioning him not going after a point here and there when tied or a goal down. If I am questioned or called names by Rafa suppoerters for those things then so be it. I do not just simply agree with everything any single manager does if I don’t agree with it.

  • 1957

    Lee Ryder and co.’s reports have as much credence as Ashley’s Sky interviews

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    That is good news as any money raised will be spent on transfers. If wood from Leeds went for a similar sum a few million less someone will take a chance on him.
    It is not like we got him for nothing.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Nothing will be spent on transfers, the Fat Lad has made that clear

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Great Fat One will never give any real power to Rafa & that`s all there is to it.
    we find ourselves going into the run in with 1 striker Gayle, the Hoss is useless & Slims injured.
    What a mess

    • thewildchimp

      Yeah, the chances of him playing more than 6-7 matches were always slim… Ba-dum, tsss…
      Anyway, it’s Gayle all the way, so God help us he remembers where he placed last season’s boots…

  • Dejan Kovinic

    Maybe fans of Newcastle and the ownership should talk about changing the manager Banitez !!! He is discriminating against Mitrovic for sure and if Newcastle had a different manager I am sure we would be in a better standing and also would be enjoying the goals and the great energy mitrovic brings to the pitch !!!
    Caz of Banitez ,,Newcastle is losing out being a lot better team that lot of people like me think !!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I wouldn`t worry to much, Rafa will be gone this summer & Mitrovich will stay, unless Rafa wants more humiliation heaped on him by the Fat Lad

      • Rich Lawson

        Sadly if Mitro’ continues this form and then has a decent World Cup his price will sky rocket and someone will give Ashley the loot.(All on red please !)

      • thewildchimp

        One of them will certainly leave, probably both.
        A compatriot manager, the squad and the fans who like him, his preferred style of football (probably due to the fact that Jokanovic and Mitro originate from the same club) – even if we get a new boss, Mitro will probably stay at Fulham. Ashley smelled it, that’s why he’s raising the bar.
        Benitez, of course, because Ashley is a lying knut. The Hammers or Everton will take him.

    • Dillon Tovak

      I think any team in the world world rather have Rafa than Mitrovic. Discriminating in what way? Are you claiming he’s racist to Serbians. 😂
      It’s also Benitez and you don’t need to put gaps before explanation marks by the way.

  • Peaky Magpie

    £50m in the summer from Mitro & Lascelles….his grubby little hands will be red raw with the constant rubbing…..
    ASHLEY OUT

    • Jezza

      His hands won’t be the only thing he’s rubbing in anticipation of all that cash.

      • Peaky Magpie

        That’s once he’s found ‘it’…😂😂

        • Jezza

          Ha ha, he needs a full length mirror and a fork lift just to see it, the big fat git.

    • Lascelles alone is worth 40m in the current market, but if we go down we will have to sell for as much as we can get.

  • Paul Patterson

    “However…the Chronicle say that their understanding is that Mike Ashley has now raised the Mitrovic asking price to £20m.”
    In other words, pure speculation..

  • Paul Busby

    I would have been asking for £15m+ anyway so… still cheap IMO

    • Leazes.

      What you get nowadays

      £5m Someone who can tie his own shoelaces without assistance.
      £10m. A player who can pass the ball and run with it towards the goal.
      £15m A player who occasionally whacks the ball at the netty thing.
      £20m A striker who can score 8-10 goals in the premiership
      £25m+ A striker who can score 8-10 goals and is a team player
      £30m A striker who can score 15-20 goal
      £35m + An international striker who can also do above and doesn’t tie his own shoe laces because he has someone to do it for him.

      • Rich Lawson

        £40m + A stupid haircut,can’t drive his high performance car,late night drinks before the match,accusations of non – consensual s#x and an agent trying to flog him on in Europe when he doesn’t train properly and can’t get a game here.

        • Leazes.

          We didn’t get £40m for Ginola.

          • Rich Lawson

            Different days,but I think he did quite well out of hair care products ?

        • Jezza

          Superb.

      • 35m does not guarantee you 20 goals in the Prem for sure.
        Do we have the players to play all out attacking football – NO.
        Do we have proper fullbacks and wingers who can cross or cut inside – NO
        We try to get the ball the the striker and see if he scores that’s it.
        Our midfielders are contributing far too few goals and that’s why we are so low in the table. Another main reason is we fail to keep a lead or see of games. One quality player would have made us a top 10 team this year for sure, but Ashley didn’t buy one in the Summer and in January.

      • Taz

        Sissoko? But I get your point.

  • Mxpx

    I’m not interested in what figure we want we should not be selling our best players the club does not need the money as much as a goalscorer

    • Jezza

      The club doesn’t need the money but Ashley wants the money and as ever that will dictate everything.

  • robbersdog

    Mitrovic won’t be sold because Rafa probably won’t be our manager next season.

    • Jezza

      Mitrovic will be sold whether or not Rafa goes. By scoring a few goals for Fulham he has transformed himself from an outcast to a marketable asset and Ashley will be determined to cash in at the first opportunity. Mark my words, Mitrovic has played his last game for Newcastle.

      • thewildchimp

        Unless “loans only” policy really kicks in, so the next manager decides to keep him. But I think you’re right.

        • Jezza

          The next owner won’t have any more say over transfers than Rafa ever had. Bottom line, if there’s money on the table for a player, Ashley will sell every time.

  • MadMag83

    A decent World Cup and he’ll be the next Sissoko….

  • thewildchimp

    Funny enough, Mitro wasn’t brought in because he was expected to “secure goals and Prem survival”.
    I’ve accidentaly stumbled on an article about him around the time when he was introduced to the club. The lad gave an interview to some Belgian papers and they asked him: “Which club would you like to go if you are sold?” (He scored 20 that season.) And he replied: “NUFC, I liked them since childhood. It would be my dream move.” 2-3 weeks later: he was approached. Somebody in Newcastle heard about that and decided to hire the lad. Young, foreign, scored a lot, likes NU – they’ve probably thought he’d accept for less money and the fans will be appeased.

  • Desree

    Was at a footy lunch in sydney yesterday. The presenter from Foxsports was there. Believe it or not but this lad is a mad nufc fan, his Dads from Gosforth.
    We got talking about the proposed sale. According to his sources he said there was no intention of selling unless a bid that was totally unbelievable ie 400m was put on the table.
    Jezza was right. Basically MA was hoping he might spark a bidding war after he heard there may be an interested buyer. There had been rumours in June, hence why funds for a striker were not made available.
    He reckons it will only be sold if an irresistible bid comes along.
    I am gonna get on with my life for the next decade lads. Take care, look after yourselves.

    And if fatty ever does sell I,ll be back.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Jezza is never right.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Aye but with the extra five million stumped up we chuck in joselyn!!