Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a host of club over the past 48 hours and the Chronicle’s Chief Sports Writer Lee Ryder has revealed that Newcastle have set a £15m asking price for the striker this month.
Strong claims from France emerged last night, stating Bordeaux had ‘open talks’ to sign the Serbian. Their President has since confirmed the Ligue 1 strugglers interest, however they appear pessimistic of pulling of a deal due to the price-tag NUFC have set.
Rumoured interest from Marseille and Sporting Lisbon has since emerged today, with the Portuguese giants claimed to have come in with an opening offer of £10.7m – however that appears to be below our valuation, with Ryder suggesting the club will demand a figure in the region of £15m.
Here’s what Lee wrote for the Chronicle on Mitrovic’s situation, confirming the asking price of the Serbian this month:
“Newcastle want a replacement for Mitrovic if he is sold but the Chronicle understands that the striker’s asking price will be around £15million.
“Rafa Benitez has enquired about a loan move for Liverpool’s Danny Ings but the ex-Burnley man wants to fight for his place at Anfield – although this situation could be revisited at the end of the month if the player is not getting more game-time.
“Benitez knows that he is likely to get limited funds this winter but stated last week he had not been told his exact budget yet.”
I think most will admit that it would be best for all parties if Mitrovic leaves this month. It’s essential we secure a replacement should we do so, but his sale would enable us to bring in a striker who Benitez might actually use.
Whether you rate Mitrovic or not, he feels like a waste of a place in the 25-man squad given the rate he’s been played by Rafa so far.
Is £15m a fair price or do you feel we may end up pricing ourselves out of a deal?