Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been linked with a move to Portuguese Champions League club Sporting CP.

After finishing second in the Portuguese domestic league behind Benfica, the club that produced Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to strengthen this summer, and have eyed Mitrovic as a target.

They’re set to lose star striker Islam Slimani – who has been linked with Newcastle in the past – and see Mitrovic as an ideal replacement for the Algerian.

Rafa Benitez is unlikely to allow his Serbian striker to leave though, as the former Anderlecht striker has four years left on his contract, and would command a fee close to £20m after scoring nine goals last season.

Mitro is banned for the first four games of next season for his crude challenge on Kyle Walker, but is happy in England and has spoke to The Record about the link with Sporting.

I have four more years of contract with Newcastle and I haven’t received any official approach so far. I’m happy in England, of course.

But it’s always good to see my name linked to a club like Sporting. It’s a big club.

If something comes up they will always have to talk with Newcastle first, and only then with me and with my representative.

Mitrovic isn’t the first Newcastle player to reportedly catch the eye of Sporting, after Andros Townsend was also sounded out by the club for a potential move.

In truth, neither move looks likely to happen and Rafa Benitez will be happy to see his most important players showing the attitude to stick around for the fight.