Aleksandar Mitrovic has officially joined Newcastle United for a fee of £13 million. The club confirmed on twitter:
IT’S OFFICIAL! Aleksandar Mitrović is a Newcastle United player! More at http://t.co/6wuhjL9BPv. #MitrovićIsAMagpie pic.twitter.com/wycVqYLEjF
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 21, 2015
Subject to a work permit, the 20-year-old Serbian will sign a 5-year contract with the Tyneside club. He is their second signing of the summer, following the signature of PSV Eindhoven’s Georginio Wijnaldum
“I am so happy to have signed for Newcastle. I visited the stadium yesterday and it’s amazing. I have played in a lot of impressive stadiums in my career but St. James’ Park is so big, I can not wait to play my first game here.
This is a club with a very big history and the fans are a big part of that. There will be pressure here, for sure, but I like pressure,”
On acquiring his services, manager Steve Mclaren said:
“We have fought off a lot of competition to secure a top young talent in Europe,
Aleksandar is someone who can develop with the team and someone who will help us to get to where we want to go.”
In his two years at Anderlecht, Mitrovic scored 36 goals in 69 appearances. He was the league’s top scorer last season with 20 goals.
Anderlecht had previously picked him up in 2013 from Partizan Belgrade for £4.3 million. Partizan, as a result of this deal, will earn a cool £1.95 million
According to reports, his fellow Anderlecht team mate Chancel Mbemba has also agreed to move to the North-East for £7.5 million subject to a work permit.
With a new manager at the helm and 3 summer signings, Newcastle look like they mean business. Exciting times lie ahead in the North East.