Newcastle looking to make big profit on forward as Euro champions ready late bid - report
By Danny Wright
Newcastle have slapped a £20million price tag on Aleksandar Mitrovic in light of interest from Greek giants Olympiakos, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed on their live transfer blog on Monday [11:18am] that Mitrovic, 22, has been told that he can stay at St. James’ Park, however Rafa Benitez would sanction a move for him to leave if the Greek champions stump up a figure which would see Newcastle make a big profit on the £13million they spent on him in 2015.
It is understood that Benitez would want to ensure that he finds an instant replacement for the Serbia international, who failed to impress last season as the Magpies won promotion to the Premier League.
The report adds that European side Olympiakos will made a late approach to sign Mitrovic before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday night, although it remains to be seen if they will meet the Tynesiders’ valuation.
The ex-Anderlecht forward has scored two goals in two appearances for the Magpies this season, making a strong case for him to earn a spot in the starting line-up when league action resumes after the international break – if he stays.
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Football Insider Verdict
Mitrovic has shown his worth in his last two appearances for the Magpies, but if any offer comes in of over £15million, Benitez should really have a good think about it. The Serbian forward for some reason looks better in the Premier League than he did in the Championship last season, but that kind of inconsistency is something that Newcastle could really do without. Anything around £20million would see them be able to replace him well, but Olympiakos don’t seem to be the team that would want to offer that much money at this late stage in the window.