Two arrested in transfer fraud raids in Belgium, Monaco, London

Police conduct raids in London Monaco and Belgium linked to Serbia's striker Aleksandar Mitrovic's transfer to Newcastle United

Police conduct raids in London Monaco and Belgium linked to Serbia's striker Aleksandar Mitrovic's transfer to Newcastle United

Aleksandar Mitrovic's move to Newcastle United is being reportedly probed by police.

It all went a bit quiet after that, but the case has been brought back into the spotlight after two arrests took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, including that of Thibaut Courtois' agent, Christophe Henrotay, according to RTBF in Belgium.

"The events mainly affect money laundering and private corruption operations in the transfers of football players", the Belgian federal prosecutor said in a statement.

Henrotay is the man who was held in Monaco in the latest round of raids.

The recent police raids included four in Monaco, two in Belgium and one in London.

Henrotay is a high-profile agent and works with a number of the Belgian national team to broker transfer deals such as the one taking Tielemans from AS Monaco to Leicester City.

The inquiry is separate from Belgium's so-called "footballgate" scandal, which has resulted in 20 suspects being charged since October 2018, including agents, referees and club officials, in a vast investigation into fraud and match-fixing.

Several top Belgian football clubs have been raided over the past year over allegations of transfer fraud.

It is understood that Newcastle believe they are not directly connected to the inquiry and as such are not part of the investigation.

The earlier raids saw officers search the Anderlecht training centre as well as the Belgian FA headquarters and the offices of One Goal Management company which specialises in transfers.