ALEKSANDAR Mitrovic’s £15million move to Newcastle is at the centre of a money laundering probe by Belgian police.
Officers in Brussels carried out early morning raids at five addresses in the Belgian capital yesterday.
Fulham striker Mitrovic’s previous side Anderlecht were at the centre of three of the raids, one at the club offices, a second at the training ground and also the home of a former director.
Police searches also took place at the Belgian FA and the offices of agents One Goal Management with the entire operation lasting some 90 minutes.
The 2015 Mitrovic deal is understood to be one of the major issues at the heart of what was the second police raid on the troubled club this season.
Serbian striker Mitrovic left Anderlecht on a five-year contract but fell out with Rafa Benitez and made a permanent move to Fulham after a successful loan spell at Craven Cottage.
Documents relating to his initial transfer were found at a number of the raid locations.
Eric Van Duyse, spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecutor, explained: “The investigation is about money laundering as a result of transfers of players – and criminal conspiracy.”
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Van Duyse added that it was agents rather than Anderlecht that were being probed, although the club was also targeted by investigators taking part in “Operation Proper Hands” in October.
The fallen giants of Belgian football celebrated their 34th title in 2017 but finished fourth in the table this season and then all four of their play-off games to be eliminated from European contention.
In a brief statement, the club confirmed: “Today house searches took place both in the training center in Neerpede and in the stadium. Naturally, RSC Anderlecht fully cooperated with the researchers.”