Time for Newcastle United to cut ties with out-of-favour striker

Newcastle United are prepared to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic when the transfer window reopens in the summer, according to The Sun.

What’s the story?

The Serbian has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot under manager Rafael Benitez this season.

On just eight occasions in the Championship has Mitrovic been handed a starting spot.

He has featured 23 times in all competitions this season, with 11 appearances in the league coming off the substitutes’ bench, but he has only managed to score six goals.

The Sun claims that Benitez is ready to offload the forward, who joined the Magpies from Anderlecht in a deal worth a reported £13m in 2015.

Where could he go?

The Sun reports that a Premier League club competing in the bottom half of the table could give Mitrovic a lifeline in the summer.

A handful of Serie A clubs have also reportedly expressed an interest, which could prove to be a better option if he wants regular football.

Mitrovic did not exactly hit the heights at Newcastle in his first season at the club having scored nine top-flight goals in 34 Premier League appearances.

He struggled then to secure a starting spot, featuring 12 times as a substitute.

As it stands, the Serbian sits third choice behind Dwight Gayle and Daryl Murphy, so it would be best for both parties to cut ties.

Article title: Time for Newcastle United to cut ties with out-of-favour striker

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