By Danny Wright
European giants Napoli are aiming to complete a swoop for Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claims that the Serie A outfit will attempt an £8.7million deal for the 22-year-old, who is likely to be sold by the Magpies this summer following a poor season in the Championship which saw him score just four goals.
However it is reported that Newcastle will not settle for anything less than £13million for the 27-times Serbia international, which was the fee they signed him for from Anderlecht in 2015.
Turkish giants Besiktas and Fenerbache are said to also hold an interest in Mitrovic, but would be more likely to prefer a loan move due to their finances.
Newcastle are reported to have already held talks with Napoli since the season ended as Rafa Benitez seeked a reunion with goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
The Northern Echo claims that the possibility of Mitrovic moving to Italy came up in those discussions and that Napoli chiefs believe that he will not be worth the asking fee due to his poor showing over the last year.
Mitrovic has made 65 total appearances for the Magpies since joining them two years ago, scoring 15 goals.
Football Insider Verdict
Mitrovic simply hasn’t performed anywhere near to the level that was expected of him before his move to Newcastle and should definitely face the axe this summer. The Magpies are right to try and push up Napoli’s valuation of the striker, but they definitely don’t want to alienate them in their pursuit of the Serbian international. He is still young and has a lot of potential still to be reached, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem like he’d be able to do that in England. Italy offers a completely different type of football and that could suit Mitrovic. Playing in a team that includes players like Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik could see him get a lot more chances in front of goal.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of this goalkeeper.