Out-of-favour Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is a wanted man by as many as 22 clubs as per Football Insider, but all are only keen on a loan deal for the 23-year-old.
West Brom and Brighton are 2 topflight sides linked with the Serbian international, and the latter have already seen an opening offer of £8milion knocked back, as the Magpies believe he’s worth £14million.
However, manager Rafa Benitez has claimed Mitrovic won’t be sold to the Seagulls or any other Premier League side for nothing less than £50million.
The Spaniard said ahead of Sunday’s F.A Cup clash against Chelsea: “I have been clear with him and his agent that he will only leave if we sign players, and not to a Premier League rival.
“I see Brighton are interested, but we are not selling any player to any other PL club – unless they want to come with £50 million.”
Mitrovic is more than eager to leave Tyneside before January transfer deadline in order to get in good form ahead of the World Cup, but his exit will hang on the club bringing in another striker, or getting an impossible £50million offer for his services.
The former Anderlecht man has seen league action mainly from the bench this term, with all his 6 cameo appearances equaling a measly 89 minutes.
He’s clearly surplus to requirements, but it appears Newcastle are only ready to let him go if they can recoup most of the £13million they spent on his signature in the summer of 2015.