According to the Telegraph, Aleksandar Mitrovic is now ‘closing in’ on a £20m move to Fulham – with the Serbian expected to become their new club record signing when he returns from holiday.
Luke Edwards’ piece claims that there are still a few ‘details to thrash out over the terms of payment’, however he suggests that Fulham have already agreed a fee in principle with Newcastle – which is said to be around £20m.
Here’s a snippet from his latest piece for the Telegraph:
‘Fulham expect to be able to complete the signing of Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic when the Serbia international returns from holiday.
‘Telegraph Sport understands that the London club believe they have agreed a fee in principle with the Magpies hierarchy, although there are still details to thrash out over the terms of the payment. Mitrovic has gone away for a short break after Serbia were knocked out of the World Cup at the end of the group stage, but Fulham have already held talks with Newcastle about signing him this summer.
‘That deal is likely to go through before the end of the month, with Fulham set to break their transfer record to land the 23-year-old. Newcastle have been asking for around £20 million for the striker, which would dwarf the £12.4m Fulham paid Olymipacos for Greece international Konstantinos Mitroglou back in 2014.’
So, it sounds like a deal will be completed in the coming weeks, with Mitrovic currently away on a ‘short break’ following Serbia’s World Cup exit last week.
Some will have been hoping that we recouped a little more than £20m for a player who’s been in outstanding form for the majority of 2018, however a few too many missed chances at the World Cup probably put paid to that.
A part of me will be sad to see him go, but I back Rafa to get a striker more suited to his system if and when he’s allowed to reinvest the £20m we receive.