Factfile on reported Newcastle target Aleksandar Mitrovic

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We take a closer look at the striker rumoured to be on the verge of joining The Magpies’.

Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and could announce his arrival in the coming hours, according to a report in The Chronicle.

Here, we run down all of the key facts on the Serbia international.

Name: Aleksandar Mitrovic

Age: 20

Position: Striker

Nation: Serbia

Partizan Belgrade: 2012 -2013

Born in Smederevo, Former Republic Yugoslavia on 16th September 1994, Aleksandar Mitrovic signed his first professional contract with Serbian Superliga side Partizan Belgrade, aged 17 in June 2012.

After a brief spell with affiliate third league side Teleoptik, Mitrovic scored nine minutes into his Partizan debut after coming on as a second half substitute in a 3-1 Champions League qualifying win against Malta’s Valletta.

Mitrovic was named in the Superliga Team of the Year for 2012/2013 as Partizan were crowned champions of Serbia.

RSC Anderlecht: 2013 - 2015

With his reputation growing, Mitrovic signed for Anderlecht in August 2013, leaving behind him an impressive return of 18 goals in 42 games for Partizan.

Much was expected of the Serbian as the Belgian side’s record signing and he lived up to his price tag with 16 league goals in his first season as Anderlecht beat rivals Standard Liege and Club Brugge to claim their 33rd title.

The 20-year-old went one step better last year, hitting 20 goals in 37 league games and collecting a Belgian Super Cup medal along the way. Mitrovic hit the headlines in England last November, scoring a 90th minute equaliser away to Arsenal in their Champions League group encounter.

The Serb scored in the 2015 Belgian Cup Final but could not help his team defeat Club Brugge.

A total of 28 goals in all competitions saw a host of top European clubs linked with his services.

Serbia

Mitrovic was named the tournament's Golden Player as Serbia went on to win the 2013 UEFA Under-19 Championship for the first time in their history.

Following success for the under-21’s, Mitrovic has made 13 appearances for the senior side, with one goal to his name - scoring in a 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Croatia in a World Cup qualifier back in September 2013.

Newcastle?

Anderlecht were quoted as wanting as much as £13 million for the striker, per the Express, and it seems The Toon have fought off stiff competition from across the continent to sign him, with his agent Pini Zahavi currently on Tyneside brokering a deal.

Rumours suggest The Magpies were the only club willing to meet such a fee and a five-year contract has been mooted.

Should the deal go through, Newcastle would be signing one of the brightest talents in Europe. At well over six feet tall, the Serb is full of confidence and should be well suited to the power and pace of the Premier League. At only 20-years-old, Mitrovic will be constantly improving during his time on Tyneside and is rumoured to be handed the number 11 shirt.

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