With Serbia’s participation in the World Cup now over Fulham are expected to start bidding for 23-year-old Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Mitro had an excellent game against Switzerland and scored after 5 minutes in their 2-1 loss, but in the final game and he looked ineffective against Brazil in the 2-0 loss.
He played well in Serbia’s first game – their only win – 1-0 against Costa Rica.
But we didn’t see Mitro be really outstanding as Moussa Sissoko was for France in the Euros two years ago.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – after scoring against Switzerland
And we’ll have to wait and see if Newcastle can get more than £20M for him.
We paid about £14M for him three years ago when we signed him from Anderlecht so in a time when transfer fees have gone crazy, that’s not a big increase in his transfer fee.
Fulham have expressed great interest in signing Mitrovich after he scored 12 goals in 20 games for them on loan this year and they played to the Serbian’s strengths up front.
The Times have reported that Rafa will let the striker leave this summer and that the transfer price is set at £20M.
And we’ll have to wait and see if Newcastle get more clubs interested in buying the player.
If Fulham can come close to £20M maybe Newcastle for once will complete a transfer quickly, so Rafa knows where he stands in the transfer market.
Rafa will get about £50M plus the money he can get for unwanted players like Mitrovic.
The chances of a deal being done are high, and we expect Mitro to have left Newcastle when this transfer window closes on August 9th.
That’s the Thursday before we play Spurs at home in our first game of the season.
But Rafa must bring in at least one new striker before then, who can score goals – that’s what we were missing badly last season.