A lot happened just before the game against Porto last night that we drew 0-0.
It was a decent performance by the Newcastle defense with new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka the star player making several top-class save especially in the second half.
Newcastle now have a deal with Fulham for Aleksandar Mitrovic to join permanently and it’s for an initial fee of £22M which can rise to £27M with add-ons.
We also assume Newcastle have a sell-on clause that gives us a percentage of the profits if Mitro is sold by Fulham in the future.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – after scoring for Serbia in World Cup
This is what Rafa said about Mitrovic after the game last night:
“I think it’s done.”
“I think he has an agreement with Fulham and I wish him all the best. Hopefully he can score a lot of goals but not against us.”
“But it’s something we were expecting and it’s now a case of looking to see if we can bring someone else to replace him.”
“We are working and trying to bring in new players to bring in new competition.”
“Muto is done but it’s just waiting for the work permit. He played in the World Cup in a good team.”
“He has done well in the Bundesliga so we are talking about a striker that is doing well in the last few years at international level.”
“He has quality and can bring us energy and good movement plus the intensity you need. I don’t see any problem with him.”
That’s the first time Rafa has talked about new signing Muto and he obviously rates the Mainz forward.
We expect the announcement to be later this coming week once he has his work permit.
It was good news about Mitro last night and there’s been some decent activity in the transfer market by Newcastle over the last several days.