Report: Newcastle attacker hunted as PL rivals ignore Benitez's mega-money warning
Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is still a transfer target for top flight rivals Brighton despite Rafael Benitez warning that he would not sell to another Premier League club, according to a report.
The Argus claim on their website that the Seagulls are still hunting a deal for the Serbian international, after the Chronicle reported that they had seen a £7million offer for his services turned down by the Magpies, with the north east club slapping a £15million price tag on his head.
In his press conference on Friday, Newcastle boss Benitez revealed that he had no intentions of selling any of his players to a direct competitor, unless they were willing to offer a mega amount of money.
While Brighton are said to recognise a move for Mitrovic, who has scored twice in just seven appearances this season. will be tough to complete, they are reportedly still pursuing a move ahead of Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
Football Insider verdict
Mitrovic’s situation is a difficult one for Benitez to manage for several reasons. The striker wants to leave and Newcastle are happy to see him depart, but they are demanding a premium price and are unwilling to strengthen a rival with his sale. On top of that, the club do not want to see him go without a replacement striker arriving at St James’ Park, with the Serbian just one of three senior forwards at the Spanish manager’s disposal. Brighton may well be hedging their bets that Newcastle fail to offload him overseas and seek a late deal, although perhaps not at the cut-price they would be hoping for. It looks an unlikely move but as proven so many times, things can change quickly as the deadline edges closer.
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