Newcastle rekindle interest in Arsenal’s old Champions League foe

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Among the goals when Arsenal surrendered a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht in the Champions League earlier this season, Aleksandar Mitrovic could be set to get reacquainted with the Gunners again next term.

The 20-year-old Serbian striker has once again been linked with a move to Newcastle United with The Chronicle reporting that the club could be set to make a fresh approach for the young forward this summer.

According to the report, the Toon could table a bid of anywhere up to £15m for the highly-rated international as they look to bolster their attack.

Signed by the Brussels club from Partizan Belgrade for a snip at €5m back in the summer of 2013, Mitrovic has impressed throughout his time in Belgium.

The Serbian has racked up 30 goals in 59 appearances in the Belgian Pro League and scored twice in the Champions League for Anderlecht this season.

Voted Golden Player for Serbia at the 2013 UEFA Under-19 Championship, Mitrovic has also earned 10 caps for the full national side, scoring once in a World Cup qualifier with Croatia last year.

A powerful, traditional goal poacher by trade, Newcastle fans will get a closer look at Mitrovic when Serbia meet Portugal this Sunday, with the 20-year-old likely to play a pivotal role for his national side.

Newcastle remain on the hunt for a new striker, however, following a season in which the injury-plagued Papiss Cisse has been the main source for goals for the Toon.

With the Senegal international currently in the midst of a seven-game ban for spitting at Jonny Evans, the lack of goalscoring options at the club have come into focus.

Both Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra look likely to be jettisoned in the summer and with Ayoze Perez attracting admiring glances from Manchester City, the need for reinforcements only looks likely to increase.

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