Anderlecht official on Newcastle target Aleksandar Mitrovic

Newcastle United have been linked with Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Anderlecht director of sport Herman van Holsbeeck has told that Aleksandar Mitrovic could join an Italian club this summer.

“We are talking to different clubs," Van Holsbeeck told "Will his future be in Italy? I cannot name names, but we are very busy."

Blow for Newcastle United?

Van Holsbeeck’s comments will be a concern to Newcastle United, who appeared to be close to signing the Serbia international striker.

Mitrovic’s agent Pini Zahavi told The Chronicle yesterday: “The formalisation of the transfer will be made ​​in the coming hours. Mitrovic and will sign a contract for five seasons for the former club of Philippe Albert.”

However, it seems that Anderlecht are keeping their options open and are open to selling Mitrovic to other clubs.

It makes sense for the Belgian giants to speak to other clubs. After all, if they are going to lose the 20-year-old this summer, then they may as well sell him to the club who will pay the highest transfer fee.

This spells trouble for Newcastle, who could now be sucked into a bidding war over the highly-rated young striker.

However, if the Premier League club desperately want him and have identified him as a key target, then they should be prepared to raise the stakes.

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