By Russell Edge

16th May, 2018 | 1:56pm

Report: Major cup finalists join massive hunt to snap up £20m-plus deal for Newcastle giant

Europa League finalists Olympique Marseille are among those hunting the capture of Newcastle United powerhouse striker Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer with a £20million-plus price tag slapped on his head, according to a report.

The Chronicle claim on their website that the Magpies are keen to offload the 23-year-old but will be demanding a premium fee for his sale, with manager Rafael Benitez said to be looking for in excess of £20million for the 6’2″ giant.

As well as the French side, who will take on Atletico Madrid in Wednesday’s major European cup final, loan side Fulham, Bordeaux, Anderlecht and next season’s Premier League rivals Brighton and Wolves are all said to be interested in his capture, having netted 12 goals while with the Cottagers.

Football Insider verdict

If Mitrovic is to play no role in Newcastle’s future then ensuring that the Magpies get the biggest possible pay-out for his sale must be their biggest priority. At present it does not look like Mike Ashley has any intentions of leaving and with his grasp pulling the purse strings tightly shut, then Benitez will have to bolster whatever funds he is handed with the exit of fringe figures and possibly a senior star or two. Mitrovic certainly seems like the man with the biggest potential in terms of a transfer fee and if he can carry on his bright form at the World Cup then his stock will just keep rising and rising. Still, there will be those who argue that his form is worthy of him being handed a second chance at Newcastle, but his effort and discipline simply do not fit into Benitez’s way of thinking. Shipping him out will give Newcastle the best chance of bringing new recruits in.

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