Newcastle United have held talks with a host of European sides offering Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in a £10.5million (€12million) transfer deal, according to a report.
French football news website Foot Mercato claim that the Magpies have gone to the effort of approaching other clubs in a bid to drum up interest for the 33-cap international powerhouse, and have slapped the eight figure price tag on his head.
They claim that Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille has already turned down the opportunity to sign the 23-year-old, while fellow French club Bordeaux are reportedly in talks with his representatives over a potential deal.
Mitrovic, who is said to have cost the club over £17million since signing from Anderlecht back in 2015, has made just seven appearances this season, and has been missing from the club’s last seven match day squads, manager Rafael Benitez claiming he is injured.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle appear prepared to take a heavy loss on their international striker, having failed to impress Benitez during his time on Tyneside. The Magpies are in desperate need of additional transfer funds and Mitrovic seems the mast saleable asset, despite his poor performances this season. Still, they need to find a buyer willing to splash that sort of cash on a man who has been cast out from Newcastle’s senior side this season, and despite their best efforts they are struggling. They appear unlikely to offload him to an English rival, as they do not wish to strengthen the survival hopes of their opposition, so a move to Europe seems the only way forward for all parties.