Alekandar Mitrovic us due to be back at Newcastle United training ground in seven days times.

The striker on extended leave currently, after a World Cup campaign that was good, but if he had stuck a few more of his 14 chances away it could have been stellar.

However, when Mitro returns to the UK he is set to be heading to West London rather than Tyneside.

The London Evening Standard say that their information is that Fulham are confident that the striker is going to be playing for them again next season, with supposed Fenerbahce interest not troubling them.

The newspaper says that a fee close to £20m is set to be paid, which fits in with a Sky Sports update yesterday.

They said that a fee of around £18m was going to be paid for Aleksandar Mitrovic, with Newcastle then using most of that to bring in Salomon Rondon.

An eventful day yesterday, also saw Rafa Benitez give a series of interviews, where he admitted he couldn’t buy any of his intended main targets unless first selling a player(s) to help raise money to fund any new signing.

If this is indeed the case, and I don’t think any of us are doubting the truth of the manager’s words, then if Mitrovic is set to end his break in seven days time, it would give Rafa Benitez only a maximum of two weeks to bring in Salomon Rondon or whoever else is on his list. Rafa also admitting yesterday that he is well past his first and second choices when it comes to targets, having to now thumb down to see who is still available and who he can afford, if managing to sell Mitro and/or whoever else first…

The managerial situation at the two clubs are very similar but have been met with very different responses.

Both Rafa Benitez and Slavisa Jokanovic each have only a year on their contract to run.

The 49 year old Serb guided Fulham to promotion last season and the Cottagers wanted to tie him down to a longer contract this summer.

Jokanovic told Fulham to match his ambition this summer and the signings of Jean-Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand have followed, arriving from Nice in a combined £30m+package, if/when Aleksandar Mitrovic is also added, it would mean £50m+ net spending for Fulham so far.

Meanwhile, 300 miles or so up the road we have Rafa Benitez, desperate to be convinced there is ambition at the club and a willingness to strengthen before he can commit, unlike Jokanovic he sees Mike Ashley sitting on a transfer profit this summer so far AND the message is new signings can only be made if funded by sales.

Good luck to Mitro wherever he ends up and you can only hope that Rafa Benitez is indeed allowed to invest at least his sale price on a replacement, rather than Ashley insisting on Fulham paying in instalments, where Rafa might only get a small percentage of any sale price to spend now.

What a club…



  • Peaky

    See Merino is injured already…….a talent no doubt but an ongoing sicknote……

    • Wor Lass

      Hadn`t seen that. Shame for the lad but I don`t think Rafa would have left him out so much if he`d been more reliable.

      • Peaky

        Yes,like everything else at NUFC at the minute I think there’s more than meets the eye gone on here.

  • Leicester Mag

    What a club indeed but while fans grouse but still flock to home games buy the shirts nothing will change

  • Wezza

    I doubt the Mitrovic money will be used on Rondon.

    • Jezza

      I agree entirely. I fully expect the Mitro fee to go exactly the same way as the Carroll, Cabaye and Sissoko money. Straight into that black hole known as Fatso’s pocket.

      • Mike Adam

        You already said that, we get your stance.

        • Wor Lass

          And we get yours: in Mike`s office, head down, pants round ankles ….

          • Mike Adam

            Such class! Why don’t you just block me, or continue with brilliant little insults like that. Can I ask why my response to Jezza, who has me blocked anyway because I have different opinions from him, deserves a classless response like that from you???

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😂😂😂😂😂

          • Wor Lass

            Your response to Jezza struck me as a defence of Ashley. You may be genuine but you may also be one of the Bobbi/Clarko/Monksatan multi personality types as Leazes and co have alleged. If you`re genuine and I`ve got it wrong then I apologise but I must say the jury`s out. I don`t block anyone and – as you can see on my history – I have criticised Jezza today for blocking Monksatan and argued that the guy has the right to his opinion. I don`t mind differences of opinion but am getting increasingly pi$$ed off with Ashley at the moment which explains why I`m a bit agressive with anyone who seems to be sticking up for him. I`ll read your future posts with interest!

          • Mike Adam

            Thank you! I appreciate what you wrote and that you took the time to do it. Everyone is entitled to their opinions on here. It is hard to imagine anyone would support MA, but if they do they still don’t deserve to be insulted in certain ways. Look I don’t live there and probably do not understand the passion that Geordies have for their club. I am just a foreign fan of NUFC and don’t understand the ways and traditions surrounding the club. I said the same thing to Geordiegiant the other day. I support the club from afar and love to discuss football, that is all. That is who I am, no matter what people think of it.
            My response to Jezza was based on him acting like he knows everything about what is going to happen with the club and about everybody and he certainly does not!!! He calls people trolls if they have an opinion different from his. He says we are certain people, like brothers from Manchester coming on here with an agenda and trying to stir up the NUFC fans, which is not true. I am just someone who dares to question the manager sometimes and has rated players such as Cisse in the past and Mitro now and for that I get get called all sorts of things and accused of being someone that I am not.

          • Damon Horner

            Out of curiosity mate, why did you choose to follow Newcastle?

          • Mike Adam

            Damon, I typed you a nice long account of how and why I chose to follow Newcastle, but it was put on hold for 2 hours and said it was waiting for approval by the Mag, then it disappeared. What is up with that?
            Anyway to tell it again, I am 52 and have lived in the US all of my life. My only exposure to real football here was the World Cup every 4 years. Never could watch MLS. I saw Alan Shearer play in some World Cups and liked him as a player. I found out he played for a club called Newcastle and read about him and the club but still had no way to watch the Premier League here. In 2005 the movie “Goal” came out and I learned more about the club and city, all be it from a fictional movie, but I loved it. After that I was hooked on Newcastle. A year or two later, around 2007 we finally began to get EPL matches on tv in the US and Newcastle was my team. That is my strange path to becoming a NUFC supporter from the US.
            Now I pay $49 a season and can watch not only all Newcastle matches, but also all of the EPL matches on NBC Sports Live streaming.
            One of the things on my bucket list is to come to a Newcastle match at SJP.

          • Billmag

            C’mon you are better than to believe the people you’ve mentioned I have read all your posts and you come across as a real genuine poster who has always made good and maybe not so good points, ,but I’ve never known you come out with a Jezza or Leazes type statement like you did, so good on you to rectify that in your post.

          • Mike Adam

            You forgot to insult me above where I asked “how is Rondon better than what we currently have?”

          • Wor Lass

            Above what?I can`t see any comment like that on this thread

          • Mike Adam

            My mistake(which I can admit when I make one) another thread. But self explanatory really. So why did my response to Jezza deserve that type of response from you?

          • Mike Adam

            No more classless comments for me??? Only proves what kind of person you are!!!

          • Mike Adam

            My profile is not private. All of my past posts can be seen. Why did you make that statement? Because I question Rafa at times or rate players that he doesn’t. I don’t get it you are inferring that I am a MA apologist, I most certainly am not!!! You are welcome to look through my post history, they are all there for anyone to read. I would love to know why you said that?

          • Ram Kishore

            Senseless comment Wor lass

          • Mike Adam

            Thanks Ram, I don’t get it. Some on here just to insult. I respect everyone’s opinion and just want to talk football.

          • Ram Kishore

            It maybe due to the same articles written in different way day in day out criticising Ashley ..
            Each and every act of the club is sometime twisted and manipulated with words to criticise him.. when there are lot of other things to criticise him for with reasons.
            Slow progress in this window is making fans a bit frustrated and so am i
            But I am ready to wait until August 9.
            Because on the final day of Jan 2018 we brought in two players and brought Kennedy on the last 10 days.
            So we can wait a bit and see

          • Mike Adam

            I am frustrated but willing to wait as well. I tend to be an optimist, so I as well will give it until Aug. 9th.
            I am just so tired of being insulted and called names just because I don’t have the same opinions as some on here.

          • Ram Kishore

            I can understand..
            I was once told by Leazes i was not an Indian and i am just the same guy using a different alias ..
            It was funny..
            Just avoid and not care
            Cheers

          • Mike Adam

            Good advice, will do mate.

      • Ram Kishore

        I think cabaye money was used for bringing in players in the summer of 2014..
        But mostly players on lesser value..
        But we did invest some of Carroll money on bringing Cabaye , Cisse..Did we not..
        Just remembered the chris Holt’s article

      • Mxpx

        Couldn’t agree more the only real question is if we’re not waiting until deadline day for the sale to go through what the excuse will be for not spending money maybe we’ll go back to the “couldnt get him over the line” we haven’t heard that one in awhile

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Except it will not and the other monies didn’t. You know this, finances have been explained but you choose to ignore folk who are brighter than you and you keep repeating your nonsense.

        How you can point the finger and call anyone fat is beyond me.

  • HarryHype59

    Mitro will be sold on staggered payments. The first of which will be used to pay for Rondon’s loan fee.

    • Jezza

      I’ll be very surprised if we even get Rondon on loan. Most of the Mitro fee will be used to line Ashley’s pockets.

    • 1957

      Rondon won’t be coming on loan soon it is a cash up front or not at all at this stage, that could change if WBA get no takers at their high valuation of him

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I don`t know who is putting forward the case to sign Rondon
    but it has Carr Crash written all over it, the guy just doesn`t score enough goals.
    i also doubt the Fat Lad will sanction £16m plus for him

    • Wor Lass

      His record`s poor. I haven`t seen much of him but the few times I have seen him he`s looked a bit of a “fret”. Mind you, some goon who played at Stoke last season said the Hoss was the best finisher he`d seen – left foot, right foot and head! He didn`t say WHO`s left foot, right foot or head, though.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        It`s not going to happen anyway, i`m firmly in Jezza`s camp
        Loans & free transfers only

      • Peaky

        😂🤣😂

      • molend

        Very good. Especially if you say the last bit in a Churchillian accent.

  • Brazilian John

    We can’t sign Rondon instead of keeping Mitro!

  • molend

    How many goals did Giroud score for France in the World Cup? But was a regular starter. I realize that Rafa doesn’t want Mitro and respect that, but there are more ways to skin a cat. Naturally, you have to have half-decent players around your target-man.

    • Mike Adam

      well said

    • Wor Lass

      I`m a bit of a Mitro fan and feel strongly that he should have played last season when we couldn`t buy a goal. But that argument has been well and truly lost because Rafa just doesn`t want him. We may as well move him on and get the money – it`s just the usual problem, though, about what happens to it!

      • Mike Adam

        Totally agree with everything you said, well put!!!

      • Mrkgw

        Like Mike Adam says, well put. Our club is in meltdown and seem reluctant to invest any meaningful sum. I wish that Ashley would go but fear that the club is too much of a cash cow for him to contemplate letting go. Personally, I’d keep Mitro over Rondon but Rafa has made his feelings abundantly clear. I only hope that he doesn’t get rig only to leave himself, a short time later.

      • Desree

        I am no fan of Mitro even then I would prefer he stayed if Rondon is the replacement

  • Paul Patterson

    Mitrovic sold for £15m+ with the first instalment going on a Rondon loan fee.
    You heard it here first ..

  • Geordiegiants

    I wish he would hurry up and fuckoff, I’m sick to death of these regurgitated story’s.

  • Geordiegiants

    I wish he would hurry up and fuckoff, I’m sick to death of these regurgitated story’s.