Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has put out on his Twitter account that Fulham has agreed to pay a whopping £22M initially for Aleksandar Mitrovic with an additional £5M in bonuses depending on how Mitro performances for the London club.
Newcastle initially wanted £20M and there were some reports that it had gone up to £30M – but this is a good deal for Newcastle.
We would also expect Newcastle to have negotiated a sell-on clause in Mitro’s contract in case Fulham sell him in the future at a profit.
Newcastle would then get a percentage of that profit.
£22M for a player who does not have a future at Newcastle is very good business for Newcastle but it also shows the ambitions of the Fulham owner.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – to move to Fulham for initial £22M
Here’s Downie’s tweet:
Understand the fee agreed between Fulham & Newcastle for Aleksandar Mitrovi? is £22m, in a deal that could potentially rise to £27m with add-ons.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 28, 2018
How this affects the money Rafa can spend in the next 12 days of the window is not known at this point but if this deal goes through then Newcastle have made a £24M profit so far in this window.
Mitro was signed from Anderlecht for about £14M three years ago and he played 72 games for the Magpies with 17 goals.
Here’s the transfer table without the £22M there for Mitro.
|Ki Sung-yueng||Free agent||Swansea|
|Martin Dubravka||£4.0M||Sparta Prague|
|Salomon Rondon||Season loan||West Brom|
|Transfer Fees paid out||£22.5M|
|Mikel Merino||£10.0M||Real Sociedad|
|Jack Colback||Season loan||Nottingham Forest|
|Dwight Gayle||Season loan||West Brom|
|Henri Saivet||Season loan||Bursaspor|
|Transfer Fees into club||£43.0M|
|Net Spend||-£20.5M (profit)|
There has been news earlier today that Fulham and Newcastle had agreed a fee with Mitrovic reported to be traveling back to England to complete the deal.
So we would assume both sets of fans will be happy with this transaction.
Thre key now is whether Rafa now gets an extra £22M to spend on players even though Newcastle are unlikely to get the full fee upfront from the Cottagers.