There’s news in the London Evening Standard today that Fulham are willing to pay out £20M to get Aleksandar Mitrovic back to the Craven Cottage club.
Mitro is on holiday at the moment following his World Cup exploits for Serbia, but he wants his future sorted out over the next week.
Indeed if the deal is done before next Wednesday, he could report to Fulham for training next week and not to Newcastle.
Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce are reported to be ready to make a late bid, but it looks as though Fulham will get their man.
It will happen if they are willing to pay out £20M for a player who scored 12 goals for them in 20 appearances last season in the Championship.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – looks set for Fulham switch
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez was asked about the future of Mitro, and this is what he said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“He’s our player.” “But obviously he has different clubs interested in him.”
“We’ll see if we can find a solution for everyone.” “Everybody can be happy with that.”
Once the deal is completed, it’s being reported in the Chronicle that Rafa will bring in West Brom striker Salomon Rondon.
But whether that’s a permanent transfer or a season-long loan with an option to buy next summer is unclear.
Fulham are willing to pay out the big bucks this summer, and they have already brought in Jean-Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand from Nice for a combined £30M.
The acquisition of Mitrovic will bring their spending this summer to £50M.
In contrast, Newcastle have spent a negative £6M so far this summer.
That’s the difference between an ambitious club and one run by Mike Ashley.