leksandar Mitrovic will return to Newcastle today, and he will be disappointed a deal has not been agreed yet for his move to Fulham.
Newcastle never do anything quickly in the transfer market, and it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that we have not yet agreed a fee with the Cottagers, who are very keen to sign him.
Newcastle are also keen to sell him since he does not fit into the plan of Rafa at Newcastle and we need the money.
But with just over two weeks to go in this shortened transfer window we still haven’t brought in a striker, and that is our number one requirement in this summer’s transfer window.
Rafa Benitez with Aleksandar Mitrovic
This is what Rafa said last night when asked about Mitro coming back:
“He has to come back. He has to come back, and he is due to come back on Wednesday.”
“We need to check on how he is, and then we will decide if he will go to Portugal.”
“It is a day off for the rest of the squad (on Wednesday), so we have some time to see how things are.”
“Tomorrow is the future for him.”
We really hope a deal to sell Mitrovic to Fulham can be done quickly and that his transfer – like so many at Newcastle – doesn’t drag on for far too long.
When Rafa said over a year ago that we must improve the speed and guile with which we do transfers – he was right – but there’s been absolutely no improvement whatsoever.
With Ashley at the helm, it’s starting to look like it will be too difficult to build the side that Rafa wants on Tyneside.
A team that can win trophies and challenge for the top six in the Premier League.
If he doesn’t sign a new contract this season, we should all make the most of having Rafa as our manager until next June.
It could well be his last season at the club, and he’s been just terrific over the previous two seasons – two very successful seasons for us.
But he hasn’t been rewarded by the owner Mike Ashley.
If Rafa does leave next summer, Mike Ashley will have screwed everything up.
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