Impressive Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has already made up his mind that he wants his Serbian compatriot – the Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic – at Fulham on a permanent basis.
Mitro went on loan to Fulham in late January and has scored two goals for the Cottagers, but the striker seems exactly what Jokanovic needed – a goalscoring target man up front.
Mitro has been getting good reviews from London, but in order to sign the Newcastle striker, Fulham will need to get promoted to the Premier League in May.
That’s what the Northern Echo are reporting today, and Fulham reached the playoffs last year after beating Newcastle twice in the league.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – in action at West Brom this season
Currently, the Cottagers are in 5th place and could even have a small chance of finishing the league in the top two and automatic promotion.
With 12 games to play, they are 8 points behind second-placed Cardiff City.
Anderlecht and some other clubs were keen to take Mitrovic on loan in January, and the striker will almost certainly be sold by Rafa Benitez this summer.
For whatever reason, the Newcastle manager hasn’t played Mitro much since he came to Newcastle – just 36 games in the last two years.
There are clubs in Europe also interested in the striker and maybe some Premier League clubs too.
Mitro is almost certain to be in Serbia’s squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
And a good performance there could raise his price above the £14M we paid Anderlecht for him almost three years ago.
Mitro has played 33 times for his country with 11 goals, and his goals were vital to Serbia qualifying for the World Cup finals.
He has scored 17 goals in 72 appearances for Newcastle since he was signed from Anderlecht with some fanfare.
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