Fulham are said to be ‘desperate’ to make Aleksandar Mitrovic’s loan move permanent this summer, however the Chronicle claim they could be set to face competition for Marseille, Wolves, Brighton, Bordeaux and Anderlecht for his signature.
The story confirms Rafa Benitez will looking to sell the Serbian, with the club demanding a fee in excess of £20m for the in-form forward who has 12 goals in 16 starts for Fulham since the turn of the year.
He’s clearly gained plenty of admirers given his form since the turn of the year, but with Fulham in the play-off final, they’ll be just one win away from the Premier League and £120m cash boost – and they’ll use a chunk of that to sign Mitrovic if they come out on top at Wembley.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s piece on the expected summer scramble for the striker:
“Rafa Benitez is looking to offload Mitrovic and Newcastle are expected to demand more than £20m for the forward’s services.
“Fulham would like to keep the Serbia international in west London regardless of whether they are promoted, but winning the play-off final will certainly increase their chances of acquiring the 23-year-old on a permanent basis.
“But, given that the Cottagers are far from the only admirers of Mitrovic – Marseille, Bordeaux, Anderlecht, Brighton and Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all scouted the forward at various points over the past 12 months – United hope to start a potential bidding war for the striker’s signature.”
If we’re wanting to get the best price possible for him then let’s hope Fulham beat Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final a week on Saturday.
As stated in the Chronicle above, Fulham will try to sign the Serb even if they don’t get promoted, but they will be far more likely to splash the cash and pay £20m plus if they have some Premier League cash to play with.
Some will no doubt be keen to see him stay, but with Rafa intent on selling him and us in dire need of a proven striker this summer (who won’t come cheap), I’m hoping we can get as much money as possible for him.