Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has insisted that unsettled forward Aleksandar Mitrovic will not be allowed to join another Premier League club this month.
Mitrovic, 23, has been strongly linked with a move away from the Magpies after struggling for football during the 2017-18 campaign.
The striker, who is valued at £7.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has only made six Premier League appearances this term, and has been widely tipped to leave Newcastle before the January transfer window closes for business.
Brighton & Hove Albion are the latest club to be linked with a player that has scored 11 times in 33 appearances for the Serbian national team.
Benitez, however, has insisted that Mitrovic will only be leaving Newcastle if the club sign a replacement, and even then, he will not be allowed to move to a Premier League rival.
Benitez told reporters:
“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 Premier League club – unless they want to come with £50m.”
Newcastle have been strongly linked with both Leicester City’s Islam Slimani and Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen as they attempt to sign a new centre-forward.