Last summer, Mitrovic's agent, Nenad Jestrovic, told reporters:
"Liverpool were willing to pay €13m for him [Mitrovic]...but Anderlecht didn’t want to hear about a transfer"
According to The Daily Express today, 20-year Mitrovic remains a a transfer 'target' for Liverpool, who've extensively scouted the youngster over the last year.
Arsenal are also reportedly interested, and in February, Mitrovic confirmed that he definitely wants a move to the Premier League:
"The Premier League? That's not just a dream, I'd love to play there. Everything depends on the clubs that want me and the money requested and offered"
Some info about Mitrovic:
* 36 goals/11 assists in 77 apps for Anderlecht.
* Goal/assist every 1.6 games.
* 1 goal in 6 apps for the Serbia national team.
* 11 goals in 21 apps for various Serbia youth teams.
* Two league title medals (for Partizan and Anderlecht)
* Most expensive transfer in Anderlecht's history.
* 2013: UEFA Under-19 Championship winner.
* This season: 20 goals/5 assists in 38 apps.
* Goal/assist every 1.5 games.
Urgh. Not another young, inexperienced player with the potential to come good at some undetermined point in the future. You only need to look at the impact of similarly-aged attackers like Lazar Markovic, Luis Alberto, Fabio Borini, Suso etc to see that this is almost certainly an ill-advised idea.
Granted, with the misfiring triumvirate of Lambert/Balotelli/Borini, and the endlessly injured Daniel Sturridge, new strikers are (arguably) Liverpool's biggest priority. However, after the utter failure of most of Rodgers' attacking signings in the 18-22 range, it's doubtful that Mitrovic is the answer, especially for the £15m.
Additionally, if Liverpool sign Mitrovic, where does that leave Divock Origi, who is the same age? Can the team support both strikers? If, hypothetically, Mitrovic comes in and does well, I can definitely see Origi going back out on loan next summer.
Perhaps Mitrovic is a back-up for Luciano Vietto, another young striker being pursued by Liverpool? The Serb's goals/assists record for Anderlecht is impressive, but with the greatest respect, the Belgian league is not renowned for it's quality and competitiveness.
Former Liverpool attacker Milan Jovanovic insists that Mitrovic is destined for great things, though, and in an interview last season, he raved:
"He [Mitrovic] is a real top finisher – a menace in the box, and he's built for the top"
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is also a fan, and after seeing him score for Serbia against Croatia in 2013, he gushed:
“He [Mitrovic] was the best player on the pitch. He managed to keep the ball well and that was the key. That boy has everything to be a European star.”
Worth a bid?
Author: Jaimie K