It was confirmed last night that Brighton had submitted a bid for want-away NUFC striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, and it has now been revealed by Sky that this offer was just £8m – almost half Newcastle’s asking price and immediately rejected by the club.
Sky Sports broke news of the bid last night, with Lee Ryder and the Chronicle quickly responding to those claims to confirm that their offer was swiftly rejected – and we’re not surprised.
They offered just £8m (which is incredibly cheeky in this day and age), and there’s even been suggestions that the bid was LESS than that!
Actually, Brighton bid was LESS than £8m. Talk about chancing your arm…
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) January 24, 2018
It’s clear that Mitrovic needs to be moved on this month for the sake of all parties, however it is also clear that the club won’t be considering such derisory offers, and rightly so. He may have failed to set the world alight in recent seasons, but he is just 23, scores consistently at international level and was one of Europe’s brightest young strikers during his spell at Anderlecht (not forgetting he bagged 10 goals in his debut season in England with us).
Now, I am not his biggest fan and hope we go sell him to fund a move for a striker Benitez may actually use in the crucial games to come, but I’m sure we can all admit that he’s worth more than £8m in this day and age.
Sky also confirm that the club not only value him ‘significantly higher’ than £8m, but they are unwilling to sell to a relegation rival.
Newcastle have rejected Brighton’s bid for striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. We understand the bid was £8m. Newcastle don’t want to sell to a relegation rival, and value him significantly higher.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 24, 2018
Fair enough really. We would look rather silly if Mitrovic’s goals on the final day of the season ended up keeping Brighton up and sending us down!
Let us know your thoughts folks – do you feel our £15m asking price may price him out of a move this month?