Sky Sports reveal how much Newcastle United want before they will sell Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic is over in Russia at the moment, fulfilling his dream of playing for Serbia in a World Cup finals.
Undisputed first choice for his country, the striker has of course been anything but for Rafa Benitez.
Indeed, it is now 13 months since Mitro started a game for NUFC.
On Thursday afternoon, Sky Sports claim to have revealed the asking price Newcastle are asking for Aleksandar Mitrovic before they allow him to leave this summer.
The figure they say is £20m before Mike Ashley will agree to part with the forward.
This figure has been speculated a lot since the season ended.
So it is tricky to know whether this is simply a recycling of that speculation or whether Mike Ashley is getting his Sky Sports mates to advertise the asking price.
Either way, this summer surely has to be when club and player go their separate ways, as Rafa clearly has no intention of playing him.
‘Newcastle are prepared to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer and want £20m for the striker, according to Sky sources.
Mitrovic spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham and scored 12 goals in 20 matches as they secured promotion to the Premier League via the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.
The 23-year-old, who is currently preparing for the World Cup with Serbia, has two years remaining on his contract at St James’ Park.
Mitrovic joined Newcastle from Anderlecht in 2015 after scoring 44 goals in 90 appearances for the Belgian side.
He has since struggled for the same consistency with the Magpies, netting only 17 times in 72 appearances for the club.
Mitrovic was allowed to join Fulham in January after falling down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez, with Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Ayoze Perez among the names preferred in attack.’
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