Aleksandar Mitrovic was widely expected to be a Fulham player by the end of this week but instead he could be heading back to Newcastle’s training ground, with a reported return date of tomorrow after his post-World Cup extended holiday.

Sky Sports say that their information is that there is a £2m gap between the valuations of the two clubs, with Fulham said to only want to pay £16m and Newcastle £18m. This goes against media claims yesterday (see below) that a £20m fee had been agreed between the two clubs and just the medical to get through. The Cottagers have already spent £25m+ on a midfielder so don’t appear scared to flash the cash for targets that they really want, Sky Sports though report that talks do continue between the clubs.

To be honest, I would be amazed if Mike Ashley would even allow Aleksandar Mitrovic to leave for that claimed £18m figure.

A year ago, Rafa Benitez desperately wanted to sell him so he could have cash towards a striker he would want, however, despite only 11 Championship starts and four goals, Ashley was insisting on at least £16m for the Serbian striker.

The NUFC owner’s refusal to bend, meant that Rafa Benitez was left with a striker he doesn’t want to play and forced to bring in £5m Joselu from Stoke reserves. Mitro not making a single Premier League appearance last season.

With 12 goals despite only 18 Championship starts for loan club Fulham, the striker then followed it up with a mixed bag of a World Cup – a fair bit of good all round team play but scoring only one goal from 14 chances.

A couple more goals and maybe Mike Ashley could by now have banked £20m+ but reality is that Aleksandar Mitrovic is still to really convince in the Premier League.

Which leaves us with a nightmare possibility of a rerun of last summer with just 16 days until transfer deadline, Mike Ashley potentially insisting on an unrealistic price and Rafa left with a striker he doesn’t want to play and the owner not letting him bring in a credible forward he does want to play.

Monday 23 July 2018:

News from London on Monday morning that a deal for Aleksandar Mitrovic to move to Fulham has reportedly already been agreed.

The 23 year old striker is due back in the UK this week (previously reported by the Chronicle he is due back at Newcastle on Wednesday 25 July) but according to Football.London, instead of Newcastle United’s training ground he will be making his way to London.

They report that their understanding is that a deal has already been agreed between the two club.

A transfer fee of £20m having been settled on, with as usual Mike Ashley insisting on it being paid in instalments.

With Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri also set to sign for Fulham, it would take the promoted club’s net spending to over £50m when Mitrovic is included, with also other targets still to be pursued.

As for Rafa Benitez, he is waiting for players to be sold before he is allowed to buy any players, so hopefully at the very least he will get a striker in if/when Mitro eventually departs.

With a medical at Fulham apparently set for midweek, that then gives only two weeks at the most before the transfer window closes.

Despite the savage restraints Mike Ashley has imposed on the manager’s ambitions this transfer window, last week Rafa Benitez did say he was at least confident he would get a striker.

That increasingly looks likely to be Salomon Rondon, with Mitrovic’ departure very likely waited for before that deal with West Brom can be confirmed.

Monday morning has also seen the Chronicle claiming that Rafa wants at least one more signing before the club leave for Portugal later this week, with games against Porto on Saturday (21 July) and Braga next Wednesday (1 August) to come.

If indeed Newcastle are to have a new main striker for the new season, little doubt that Rafa will want him involved in as much of these last two and a half weeks of pre-season as possible.

Football.london:

‘It’s believed a deal for the striker (Aleksandar Mitrovic) is done between the two clubs.

‘With Fulham paying the £20million fee to Newcastle in instalments, although a medical is still to be completed.’



  • Paul Patterson

    It’s irrelevant if it comes in instalments. I’d rather have 12m now than 20m over two/three years.
    #shaftingtheclub

  • Anonymouse1

    You could see this coming a mile off, it was taking to long & Fulham were buying other players and have a bid of £26m on the table for another striker Jose.
    so its back to the drawing board as the owner won`t have it.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    So we’ll be stuck with this lump. Only way we’ll get rid could be a lien which is no good since we have To ‘sell to buy’

  • ghostrider

    I have a great idea.
    Tell Fulham to sling their hook and we’ll have our very own 18 million striker who was prolific for them and also went to the world cup.

    • Gallowgatefan

      Prolific in championship

      • ghostrider

        You know what Michael Carrick once said in an interview?
        He said something on the lines of ” you know, when you get loaned out into the championship it’s sometimes much harder for players to adapt. because in the championship the players are like pack wolves who do not give you time on the ball.”

        He said ” when you get back into the premier league you find that you get more time and it becomes easier.”

        So basically it’s like this.
        Mitrovic has shown what he can do in the premier league and he led players a merry dance in terms of bullying his way through.
        And guess what?
        He was young and naive.
        Guess what now?
        He’s older and wiser and more experienced, whilst honing his prolific striking ability in the championship, against battering rams.

        Just imagine what he could do for us this season.
        What a shame Rafa has to be Mr stubborn.

        • Gallowgatefan

          Hi might have matured and become a better player but he has never led anyone a merry dance and Rafa doesn’t want him, you’ve clearly got it all worked out though!

          • ghostrider

            Can you see why Rafa doesn’t want him?

          • Mike Adam

            And Rafa worked it out to the tune of 14 times shut out last season. I am not saying Rafa is a poor manager, or that I want him out, just that when your side isn’t scoring any goals you need to use/try ALL of the talent on your roster. Not just continue with the players who do not score. Hell even Saviet got a start last season.

        • Chuck D

          Ha when did Carrick last play in the championship?!!

          Watch Mitro’s goals for Fulham, many of them with time and space galore.

          The Premier League is quicker and against top teams you may get 1 or 2 chances in a game.

          Here’s one for you, Everton at home Boxing Day 2015. Game is 0-0, Mitro misses an easy header and we lose 1-0 with the last kick of the game. That is one of many examples that season, not to mention the red cards he’s received.

          Look at the chances he missed for Serbia in the World Cup.

          Have been frustrated when Rafa hasn’t brought him on in games where we were chasing a result as his ability to hold the ball up and bring players into the game is great at times.

          However I just don’t see him scoring many in the PL.

          Would love him to do well for the Toon but it ain’t gonna happen so move on.

          • ghostrider

            Any other manager and you’d be begging for Mitrovic and fuming at him being treated like an outcast.
            But in Rafa you trust….right?

          • Mike Adam

            Rafa doesn’t chase results.

    • Mike Adam

      Best striker we have

      • Gallowgatefan

        Based on what evidence?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Based on the fact that he scored more goals in the premiership than Joselu & Gayle combined but the bottom line is Rafa will not play him

          • Gallowgatefan

            Perez is best striker based on most recent record, no evidence for mitro being the best

          • Soldier

            Perez is into his 5th year here & did nothing for 4 of those years, let`s see how he get`s on next season

          • Gallowgatefan

            He’s not been consistent whole time he’s been here but has scored goals so unfair to say he’s done ‘nothing’

          • Mike Adam

            Perez 7, 6, and 8 in his 3 PL years, if that is the best we have we will continue be shut out 14 times in a season.

          • Gallowgatefan

            Is your point that Rafa should just play mitro and he’ll score loads and it’ll all be great??

          • Mike Adam

            Great reply Moose!!!

          • Gallowgatefan

            But they fit into the team system whereas nitro doesn’t

        • Mike Adam

          Based on stats

          • Gallowgatefan

            His all round play under Rafa has been atrocious, I like his passion but maybe he isn’t going to fit into Rafa’ system

          • HarryHype59

            Then maybe Rafa needs to adjust his system.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Harry, Rafa won`t compromise he just won`t play the guy

          • Gallowgatefan

            So he doesn’t know what he’s doing? He’s played him, seen him in training and doesn’t want to play him

          • Mike Adam

            If he is here when the window closes, maybe Rafa should fit a system to the talent that is on the roster.

          • East Durham Mag

            Championship striker with a suspect temperament.

      • ghostrider

        By a long way.

    • Chuck D

      Championship football!!!

      Gayle was profilic in the championship.

      • ghostrider

        Yes he was…so what?
        I’m talking about Mitro.

  • Natturner26

    Keep him. Then a couple more signings and we’ll be looking good.

    Currently:

    Dubravka
    Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett
    Ritchie Diame Shelvey Kenedy
    Perez Mitrovic
    Bench: Elliot, Clark, Sung-yueng, Murphy, Atsu, Armstrong, Gayle

  • ghostrider

    Imagine Shelvey, Kenedy and Ritchie providing ammunition for Mitrovic.
    Mouthwatering.

    • Gallowgatefan

      You’d like to think that but he’s rarely played well for us and Rafa clearly doesn’t fancy him.

      • ghostrider

        Rarely played well?
        He’s played well for us …just not under Rafa for the few games he got…because Rafa killed off his game by playing ultra cautious football.

        • Gallowgatefan

          …and winning the championship and finishing tenth. It’s Rafa or mitro cos the manager won’t change his mind so which would you rather have?

          • ghostrider

            Mitro.
            I’d drop Rafa in a heartbeat.

        • Chuck D

          Take it you don’t remember the season we went down under McLaren or watched much of Serbia at the World Cup?

          Always said Mitro needs 3 or 4 chances to score 1. This on top of his lack of discipline and lack of effort in training!!

          Don’t let that get in the way of your agenda against Rafa, because we know it’s all his fault?!

          • ghostrider

            Fulham fans will tell you different on Mitro.
            As for McClaren….we didn’t go down under him, we went down under Rafa.

          • Down Under Mag

            Yes, he scored plenty of goals in the Championship. A league that was his level and one in which he would get more time on the ball. I haven’t spoken to any Fulham fans on him but would be curious to know how many chances he got per game as well. In the Premier League games he has played and in the World Cup against better oposition than general qualifiers he required far too many chances in order to score. He will get us goals but I think thoughts of him hitting 15+ are wide of the mark. I think he will outscore Joselu but i’m not convinced that it will be by a lot.

            Then there is the formation. Rafa clearly likes to keep things tight, we’ve got the best defence we have had since i’ve been supporting us. The down side of the tactics though is Rafa needs to play one up front on his own and even then requires them to work hard for the eam. Mitro is too slow and too immobile to play that role effectively. To play him we need to change tactics and play someone alongside him, which will inevitably let more goals in and nullify any goals he does score anyway. I think THAT is why he doesn’t get a game for Rafa…unless there are other things gone on behind the scenes we don’t know about…

          • Damon Horner

            He scored every 6 shots, I wanted to check when I read somewhere that he’d nearly had as many shots as Lewis Grabban.

          • Superdooperhooper

            So we’d have stayed up with mclaren ? The relegation was rafa’s fault was it ? Barking howling at the moon crazy

          • TheFatController

            Sometimes I read this site and am reminded that not everyone wants to use facts and evidence and common sense, they just want what they want and won’t change with evidence.

            I’m basically saying sometimes it’s like reading those people that are convinced the earth is flat and the Australians resultantly are all paid actors.

            Absolute madness. Like this site often.

          • ghostrider

            It all depends on what you deem as evidence that pertains to a fact.
            Can you show me some of it?
            Also…seriously, can you also produce the evidence that the Earth is actually a spinning globe?

            All we can all do in most cases, is speculate based on how we all perceive a situation.
            Mass opinion generally builds as a truth based on people following a set pattern handed to them by what they believe is some kind of factual authority.

            The problem with people in general is, they’re all willing to believe something they hope is the truth or want to be the truth…so anything that goes against ( in Newcastle’s case) Ashley, becomes a truth, regardless of who argues the alternative to it.

            However, if the media portrayed Ashley as being good, it would be fobbed off as the usual media nonsense and idle speculation.

            If the media say Ashley will only spend 1 million a season, it will be swallowed up as fact and the frenzy of hate re-ignited.
            If the very same media said Ashley will spend 100 million it will be cast off and nonsensical paper hype to wind up the fans.

            That’s life and mass opinion does not guarantee facts. It guarantees people in numbers believing anything that is an easier fit.

            I look at the alternative to it all and fin d, quite often that we are all arguing the cases of mere speculation built up outside of our own physical view.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He stays he won`t play it`s as simple as that.
    No matter what your opinion of Mitrovich is Rafa will not pick him

  • Squintytoonarmy

    If Chris Wood, Andre Gray etc went for 15 mill-16 mill last season then Mitro defo is 20 mill . Fulham can’t have it both ways as they valued Cairney 18mths ago round the 25mill mark and he has little prem experience

  • HarryHype59

    If Mitro is still a NUFC player at the close of this window, then Rafa has to assimilate him back into the first eleven. He is no world beater , but will score more goals in the E PL than Rondon, Gayle or the Hoss.

    • Mike Adam

      Absolutely!!!

      • Mrkgw

        I second that!

    • Paul Patterson

      Disagree.

      • HarryHype59

        Really..Mitro scored nine EPL goals in his first season as a twenty one year old playing under McKnacka. Hoss and Gayle got seven between them last season.

        In an ideal world Mitro would be sold for £20m and the money put towards buying a £35m striker. Alas this will never happen under this dreadful owner.

  • Soldier

    If Mitrovich stays would i start him, yes, but Rafa won`t in a million years

    • Gallowgatefan

      No offence but I’ll trust Rafa on this one

      • Soldier

        so do i, i`m just stating the obvious, Rafa doesn`t rate him & he`s the manager.

        • Gallowgatefan

          It’d be great if he stayed and played well cos he loves nufc but if Rafa doesn’t want him its best for club and player if he goes

          • Soldier

            He`s got to go because if he doesn`t there will be no new striker coming in

          • Damon Horner

            Two weeks until the window shuts. Given how quick these guys sort transfers we’d be needing to be talking to the player now. Rondon or nothing then!

          • Soldier

            I don`t rate him & certainly not at £16m

          • Blackburn1066

            He is another Joss

          • Billmag

            No he isn’t he’s more mobile than Jos and Mitro.

          • skarabrae

            Even if he goes… there’ll be no one coming in to replace him.. I can’t believe people still think we’ll be bring players in… 11 yrs of this……

          • HarryHype59

            Even if he does go, the chances are fatman will pocket the money and stick with Gayle or Hoss.

          • Jezza

            Mitro will eventually be sold this window but there still won’t be any new striker.

          • Blackburn1066

            No he loves the Pay

  • Anonymouse1

    i`d like to see Mitrovich play with Kenedy on the left and Ritchie on the right and with Shelvey in the middle i think he`d score 15 plus

  • Cartoon

    no pace, to slow

  • 5floorshigh

    oh cool……wonder if a failed sale can be contrived as ‘like a new signing’……anyone know if he’s any good ?

  • Stephen Paylor

    Fulham have just signed Andre Schurle while we are scrapping for free transfers and loans. Just great …..

    • Desree

      What a signing he would have been, he was great at Chelsea.

    • HarryHype59

      I cannot see Fulham or Wolves being in a relegation battle next season. Every one of our rival teams from last year has improved their team.

      Fat man may have made another £100m mistake, risking our EPL status by refusing to strengthen the first team to the standard required.

      • Down Under Mag

        It’s fine…if we go down he will write off any loss against the club by increasing the debt and further ensure we cannot get rid of him because no-one will meet the buyout amount PLUS the debt when he claims it is up for sale (ensuring that he can justify no players are purchased… it’s a cleverly devised plan to make sure he has all the control, can keep making money and not have to answer to anyone…

  • Desree

    I reckon Fulham are getting cold feet

    • Down Under Mag

      Maybe, he didn’t exactly set the world cup on fire did he? I’m sure if he had scored a few more goals they would have snapped our hands off for him.

  • HarryHype59

    Mitro was largely responsible for Fulham finishing third in the Championship last season. If they want to pay hard ball Ashley needs to call their bluff. Rafa will see very little of his fee regardless if he goes or not. I would sooner keep Mitro than replace him with someone like Rondon.

    • Down Under Mag

      I don’t see the sense in replacing Mitro with Rondon. Probably need to keep Mitro as at the rate we are going Rafa won’t be here next season anyway so Mitro will probably get a game in the Championship for our new manager so hopefully he can score the goals needed to bring us back up…again.

  • Alreet

    Weather we get 18. 16. 12. Or a fiver for him Rafa wont see a dime. But he will still get every last penny the club generates.

    What a sac of ball arcs

  • Desree

    I think we are going down this season. How does Rafa keep morale up?
    Mike Ashley is basically saying ‘do more with less’

    And if the players love Rafa, how must they feel about the way Ashley is treating him.

    Expect lots of injuries!

    • SuperDesHamilton

      They want away especially Lacelles due to the treatment of Rafa

      • Desree

        Can’t blame them and this is where Ashley isn’t a very smart businessman.

        Highly motivated players perform better which makes them more valuable. In this market we are talking tens of millions. He is a moron

  • robbersdog

    Mitro will be sold to Fulham in the last few hours of the transfer window, leaving Rafa with no time to sign a replacement, and empty promises of funds in January.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Shades of Andy Carroll.

      Hope Kuqi is available

  • Billmag

    Why is Fulham getting cold feet like has been suggested on here, according to lots of poster’s on here Rafa was wrong to want rid of him and now we are seeing Fulham won’t stump up the money for a so called top striker, maybe Rafa knows what he’s doing after all.