It has been revealed in the Daily Mirror today that Newcastle have slapped a £20m asking price on the head of Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer.
It’s quite clear that Fulham are desperate to sign the Serbian this summer, with his 12 goals firing them to promotion via the play offs, however it was confirmed last week that they could face competition from Crystal Palace.
They may not be the only ones either, with the Chronicle recently claiming that Wolves and Brighton have also expressed an interest.
The Mirror’s latest piece discusses Fulham’s transfer plans, revealing that they’ve been told to pay £20m if they want to make Mitrovic’s loan move permanent this summer:
“Fulham face a bill of £30m to sign Tomas Kalas and Aleksandar Mitrovic on permanent deals.
“Newcastle are demanding £20m for Mitrovic and Chelsea want £10m for Czech defender Kalas.”
Given how much he’s flourished at Fulham and the sort of price-tags players of his potential demand in this day and age, I am glad to hear we’re demanding a pretty hefty fee.
It was claimed last week that he could go for just £15m, however that always seemed far too little when you consider the likes of Andre Gray cost Watford just shy of £20m this time last year (and the fact Benik Afobe is set to join Wolves for £12.5m).
We’re in a position of strength on this one. He’s under contract, they’re desperate to sign him and the upcoming World Cup may only increase his value, so we have every right to push for a big fee – especially when the money we receive will be key in enabling Rafa to sign a proven goalscorer in his place.
If someone came in with £20m tomorrow I’d be tempted to cash in, but I imagine the club are keen to hold onto him until the World Cup is over. If he bagged a couple of goals then this price tag may just go up a few million – and you get the feeling that extra cash could be invaluable as far as Benitez’s summer budget is concerned.