Newcastle have done really well in getting an initial payment of £22M for Aleksandar Mitrovic moving to Fulham – with the move being imminent.
Mitro will be undergoing his medical today after returning to England from the Portugal tour and he was in Portugal with Newcastle less than 24 hours.
The word came through just before the 8:00 pm kickoff last night that Fulham and Newcastle had finally agreed a fee for the 23-year-old Serbian striker.
That didn’t take long.
Keith Downie of Sky Sports reported it was £22M initially and up to £5M in potential add-ons – to be fair that’s a very good deal negotiated by Managing Director Lee Charnley.
Rafa Benitez – looks happy at the news
And after the 0-0 draw last night at Porto Rafa Benitez was asked if any of that money would be available to him to spend and this is what he said:
“I don’t know the numbers or I don’t control the accounts, but I think if you do the maths we have enough money.”
We have updated our transfer table and included two deals which are still pending – Muto to Newcastle for £9.5M and Mitro to Fulham for £22M.
But with those deals completing shortly Raf will have brought in £41M in transfer fees and we have paid out (only) £16.5M.
In other words – a typical Mike Ashley transfer window.
This is what the numbers look like – there seems around £24.5M profit we have made this summer so far, although we have not included agents’ fees and loan fees in the figures.
That’s enough to buy striker Salomon Rondon (£16.5M) from West Brom and left-back Joe Bryan (£6M) from Bristol City and keep Dwight Gayle at the club.
|Ki Sung-yueng||Free agent||Swansea|
|Martin Dubravka||£4.0M||Sparta Prague|
|Salomon Rondon||Season loan||West Brom|
|Transfer Fees paid out||£22.5|
|Mikel Merino||£10.0M||Real Sociedad|
|Jack Colback||Season loan||Nottingham Forest|
|Dwight Gayle||Season loan||West Brom|
|Transfer Fees into club||£43.0M|
|Net Spend||-£20.5M (profit)|