Anderlecht general manager will ask for ‘€25 million’ for Newcastle target Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Mitrovic is wanted by Newcastle, but Anderlecht have set a large asking price for him.

Speaking to Belgian paper HLN, Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck has put down a €25 million asking price on Mitrovic’s head, if a club wanted to sign him today.

“If you call me today, I will ask for €25 million,” the GM said.

Newcastle have been the team most frequently linked with a move for the 20-year-old hotshot striker, and the Daily Mail claimed earlier this season that they had agreed a £15 million fee with the Belgian club for a summer transfer.

Nothing has come of that report, and Mitrovic is still an Anderlecht player, with his GM valuing him far above Newcastle’s reported bid.

For a young striker, who netted 27 goals in 50 games this term, it is hard to deny that €25 million would be a good deal for the buying club, and the Serbian international has proven to be the type of consistent goal scorer that Newcastle need ahead of next season.

Whilst they may have made a £15 million bid for his services, it is hard to see Mike Ashley willingly raise that higher on an unproven player. Ashley is not one to splash the cash if it does not sit right with him, and Anderlecht’s high valuation is sure to turn him off signing Mitrovic.

Whilst Ashley may be making the correct move from a personal standpoint, his unwillingness to spend on reinforcing the Newcastle squad could come back to haunt him, and whilst it looks as if Mitrovic will be moving this summer - it will probably not be to St James’ Park.

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