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Mike Ashley sale bombshell could smoke out more potential Newcastle buyers

13 Juin 2017

Investors from China are understood to have first shown an interest in buying Newcastle past year when the Magpies were competing in the Championship.

He is not set to feature in the Magpies plans as they prepare for their return to the top flight.

The sportswear magnate has already promised manager Rafael Benitez "every last penny that the club generates" from promotion, player sales and other income in the wake of promotion, and the Spaniard and chief executive Lee Charnley are now working on his summer transfer wish-list.

Mitrovic says he will be content to remain on Tyneside should no offers materialise but will hold talks with the club and manager Rafael Benitez over his future.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley could be ready to listen to genuine offers for the club amid interest from China. The 22-year-old has scored 15 goals in over 50 games for the club.

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But his physical power and aerial ability has not been matched by his scoring record at Newcastle, with Mitrovic's 59 league appearances yielding only 13 league goals.

Mitrovic has five goals so far in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, and Sunday's equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Wales took Serbia back to the top of the Group D standings. I said, "that's fine".

Newcastle do have a squad full of experienced Premier League players, something that fellow promoted teams Brighton and Huddersfield do lack.

He is also arguably reaching his peak, and having come through the youth ranks at St. James' Park his understanding of the club's ethos will be vital as they bid to get back to their best.

"Everything depends on us and now we have Moldova at home in our next game".

Mike Ashley sale bombshell could smoke out more potential Newcastle buyers