Since Roman Abramovich took over at Chelsea in the summer of 2003, Blues fans have been treated to a wonderful contingent of big name signings that have gone on to enjoy stellar careers at Stamford Bridge. The modern day Chelsea fans have not been used to missing out on their transfer targets , but that is precisely what has happened this summer with several outlets like the Mirror reporting that the Blues have missed out on the signing of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has allegedly flown to England in order to meet the representatives of Newcastle United to finalize a move to the Magpies.
The highly rated 20 year old striker has been a revelation in recent seasons , with his sensational performances first for Partizan Belgrade and then for Anderlecht seemingly drawing the attention of top clubs all over Europe. At the age of 18, the player was named among the top 10 talents under the age of 19 in Europe by a selection of UEFA reporters, following his first full season in the Belgian League, where he notched 13 goals in 28 appearances for Partizan.
After joining Anderlecht later that year in a club record £5 million deal , the player went on an even more impressive run, firing in 36 goals in 69 appearances , and in the process, becoming one of the most coveted youngsters in the continent.
It has been claimed that the player will undergo a medical in the coming days at Newcastle to finalize the £12m deal.
This news will come as a bit of a shock to Chelsea supporters as the thought of losing out on a transfer target to lowly Newcastle wouldn’t have crossed their minds. It has now been reported that Chelsea had baulked at the £12 million price quoted by Anderlecht and the Magpies had nipped in to hijack the deal.
Mitrovic would have been a fantastic addition to an already proficient Blues’ front line and at £12 million he would have been a steal for the Blues. Pacy, technical and also capable of operating as a winger, he would have provided Mourinho with several options all across the front line. However, the wily Portuguese may now have to cast his net elsewhere to land a similar talent.