Report: Newcastle United offer Aleksandar Mitrovic to Ligue 1 giants Lyon

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez

Aleksandar Mitrovic is not in Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez's plans for next season.

Much to the chagrin of the Aleksandar Mitrovic fan club, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez appears to be far from convinced by the Serbian striker.

After missing the first three games of last season with a suspension, Mitrovic never quite fought his way back into Benitez’s first-team plans as Newcastle sealed promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt.

He started just 11 Championship games out of a possible 46 and, with The Magpies linked with a whole host of strikers, it would be no surprise if the 22-year-old was no longer a Newcastle player by the time the transfer window shuts at the end of August.

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic looks dejectedMitrovic scored just six league goals last season

And French publication Foot Mercato claims that the former Anderlecht prodigy could be on his way to Ligue 1. The report states that Newcastle have offered Mitrovic to Lyon, who are in need of a new striker following Alexandre Lacazette’s big money move to Arsenal.

As reported by The Sun last month, Lyon president Jean Michael Aulas admitted that he was interested in landing Olivier Giroud, whose Arsenal future appears in doubt with Lacazette’s arrival set to push him further down the pecking order.

However, with the likes of Everton and West Ham now seemingly frontrunners for the 30-year-old, Mitrovic could be a fine alternative. A classic, old-school number nine, Mitrovic scored 36 goals in 69 league games for Anderlecht and remains a bright prospect despite a frustrating 12 months on Tyneside.

Whether Lyon will take up Newcastle’s offer, however, remains to be seen. Foot Mercato claims that The Magpies would want around £16 million for the 28-time international, £3 million more than they paid Anderlecht two summers ago.

Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates after the game

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