Aleksandar Mitrovic has told Newcastle that he never wants to play for them again, according to an ‘exclusive’ on Monday afternoon.
The future of the Serbian striker has been much discussed after his second half of the season success at Fulham whilst on loan.
The exclusive from Teamtalk claims that the striker is ‘insisting Newcastle agree a deal with Fulham’ so that he can return to the club where he was clearly enjoying his football once again.
Fulham fans were worried that they might be priced out of any permanent deal after Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 12 goals and helped the Cottagers to promotion.
After doing ok in his opening World Cup match and then having scored and excelled against Switzerland, his valuation will not exactly have been harmed.
Teamtalk say that Mitro is worried that Newcastle will scupper any move, as they report that Mike Ashley is now holding out for £30m, with Fulham not willing to go any higher than £20m.
The ‘exclusives’ from Teamtalk don’t have the highest success rate and it is up to you to judge how much insider knowledge they actually have on this one.
However, with Mike Ashley having priced Mitrovic out of a transfer last summer, when insisting on close to £20m, despite the striker having only started 11 Championship games that previous season. You can imagine the Newcastle owner will be waiting to see what interest there is from elsewhere, and how much they are prepared to pay, once Mitro’s World Cup campaign is over.
For a player who was probably valued at no higher than £10m before his Fulham loan move, around £20m in today’s market does look around the right mark, whilst £30m is moving into Moussa Sissoko territory in more ways than one.
With time pressing on and Rafa’s transfer hopes seemingly resting to a large extent on which players he can move out, the thought of Mitro’s departure potentially dragging on until right towards the end of the summer window isn’t a comforting thought.