Newcastle United has made their second signing of the summer with Serbian international striker Aleksandar Mitrovic arriving at St James’ Park for a fee of $20 million.
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Mitrovic, 20, has scored 44 goals in 90 games for Anderlecht over the past three seasons including a late equalizer against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League last season.
He joins the Magpies on a five-year deal and becomes Steve McClaren’s second signing as Newcastle boss after midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum arrived for $22 million from PSV Eindhoven.
Speaking about his move to Newcastle on the club website, Mitrovic was excited to be joining the club he supports.
“Last season they (Newcastle) asked for me and this season they showed they really want me. This is the reason I have come here. I am also a fan of Newcastle, I follow Newcastle and I am very proud to be here,” Mitrovic said. “For me, Newcastle is the best club to make progress, to play here with these amazing fans. I have been to the stadium and it was amazing. The atmosphere looks amazing on the television and I cannot wait for my first game.”
Last season Newcastle only scored 40 goals in 38 league games, with Papiss Cisse their leading scorer with 11 goals in 22 appearances during a campaign which saw the Magpies survive relegation on the final day. Mitrovic is aiming to become an instant hero at St. James’ and to follow in the footsteps of his own hero, the greatest striker Newcastle has ever had, Alan Shearer.
“This is a club with a very big history and the fans are a big part of that. There will be pressure here, for sure, but I like pressure,” Mitrovic said. “I also know about the famous players who have played for Newcastle United, like Alan Shearer, who is a hero of mine. I hope I can play like him for this club. It will be an honor.”