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…