By Harry Sykes
Newcastle have no intention of cashing in on striker Aleksander Mitrovic, according to a report.
The Sunday Mirror claims Rafael Benitez is ready to sell the Serbia international a year after his £13million move to the club.
It is said that Benitez is unable to place his trust in Mitrovic, who is currently serving a four-match suspension after picked up two red cards last season.
But the Chronicle subsequently reported that Newcastle “have no plans to sell the fans favourite at the moment” and that Benitez is looking to add to his strike force rather than diminish it.
The Chronicle’s Newcastle editor Mark Douglas claimed the response from the club to the Mitrovic speculation was “fairly unequivocal”.
NUFC say they have no interest in selling Mitrovic. Fairly unequivocal… https://t.co/LKqF3KbwbF
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) August 7, 2016
The Magpies front man was one of the team’s shining lights towards the end of last season as they narrowly failed in their bid to escape Premier League relegation.
Mitrovic, 21, scored nine Premier League goals for Newcastle last season, making a total of 39 appearances in all competitions.
Benitez has subsequently brought in versatile forward Dwight Gayle for around £10million from Crystal Palace after allowing Papiss Cisse to move to China.
Former Real Madrid manager Benitez also has Ayoze Perez and Adam Armstrong at his disposal.
The 56-year-old has already brought in eight new faces on Tyneside, spending almost £50million in the process. Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diame and Ciaran Clark have all joined in multi-million pound deal.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Moussa Sissoko has tweeted a story about his future.