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Newcastle Mitrovic transfer may hinge on Manchester City

Roma are interested in Aleksandar Mitrovic as a back-up for Edin Dzeko.

Newcastle United are keen to sign striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, but their efforts could be impacted by negotiations involving another Premier League side.

The Times report Mitrovic has been sounded out by Serie A challengers AS Roma, as a back-up for Edin Dzeko.

Roma are currently attempting to sign Dzeko from Manchester City, sending a delegation to the UK in an attempt to close the deal.

The Mail however reported earlier this week that City have rejected Roma's opening offer of £14 million, and are holding out to £20 million.

Dzeko is reported to be keen on the move and has a verbal agreement on a five-year deal.

The Times report Roma have made contact with Mitrovic, and remain interested in the striker, but will only push ahead with the option if Manchester City thwart their Dzeko pursuit. They have the financial ability to match Newcastle and potentially better them.

Roma are likely to interest Mitrovic, with The Mirror reporting the Anderlecht forward is stalling on a move to Newcastle United due to them not being in the Champions League. 

The good news is Dzeko's interest in leaving City, having been at the club since 2011, the Bosnian is in need of a fresh challenge, and Newcastle will have to hope a deal can yet be done with Roma, and act more quickly themselves to ensure they can get a deal done for Mitrovic.

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