Newcastle look set to have another challenging season this year, and in the last year of his contract, Rafa Benitez is probably going to have to work miracles once again.
For much of the summer, Newcastle have been looking for a striker to lead the line. With Mitrovic’s departure, there’s even more emphasis on the club to strengthen up front.
Mike Ashley has brought in Yoshinori Muto to help soften the blow but realistically, the club needs to bring in some more help up front.
The Mainz striker is a good start but there’s still room improve and according to The Sun, the Magpies are interested in Anderlecht’s Swedish striker, Isaac Kiese Thelin.
Thelin scored 19 goals last season and made it into Sweden’s World Cup squad this summer.
Thelin played for Anderlecht’s rivals, Waasland-Beveren last season and has caught the eye of not just Newcastle but also Russian side, Lokomotiv Moscow.
The report states that Newcastle have offered £5 million for the Swede, which if true seems well within Mike Ashley’s tight budget.
Rafa Benitez has been criticised the club’s lack of transfer activity and has made it clear that he needs more signings before the window closes. With the sale of Mitrovic for £22 million, it may now give Newcastle some more room to spend some money in the market.
But with under a week left in the transfer market, any deal needs to be done quickly. There’s a chance Newcastle could pull this off but considering Mike Ashley’s recent spending history, it might just be too far-fetched, albeit a deal that could be some smart business.
Thoughts Newcastle fans?