Is it the end for Aleksandar Mitrovic at Newcastle?

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Pic: Terry Rickeard)
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Pic: Terry Rickeard)

Olympique Lyonnais are ready to move for Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The French club sold Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal for £52.7million this summer.

And head coach Bruno Genesi is considering moves for Mitrovic and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard.

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Mitrovic scored for Newcastle in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Preston North End at Deepdale.

United manager Rafa Benitez, however, is understood to be prepared to sell the 22-year-old this summer – if the price is right.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez

Benitez admitted after the Preston game that he had "too many players" – and needed to "adjust" his squad.

Lyon are reportedly ready to bid £13.4million for Mitrovic, who joined from Anderlecht two years ago.

Newcastle will most likely hold out for a bigger fee, and, in any case, Benitez may want to hold on to Mitrovic until a replacement has been lined up.

The Serbia international is preparing for tomorrow night's friendly against Bradford City at Valley Parade.

Asked about his future last month, Mitrovic said: “I need to prepare for next season.

“If there are some good offers for me – which are also good for the club – come in for me over the summer, then we will speak about it.

“If it doesn’t happen, then I’m still a Newcastle United player. I have three years on my contract."

Meanwhile, a young United XI will take on Whitley Bay at Hillheads tonight (7pm kick-off).

New signings Josef Yarney and Stefan O'Connor could feature in the friendly game, which will be officiated by Premier League referee Michael Oliver.