Aleksandar Mitrovic has now completed three years of his five year Newcastle United contract but it would be a massive surprise if he was still at St James Park when this transfer window closes on 9 August.

In his first seven months Mitro made 20 league starts for NUFC but since Rafa Benitez took over, there has only been another 13 league starts in 28 months.

The manager clearly doesn’t see Aleksandar Mitrovic as an ideal fit for the team and all of the striker’s interviews since joining Fulham on loan in January, also make clear the player is now accepting this.

It is now simply down to a deal being done with another club.

The Telegraph now report on Tuesday lunchtime that their information is that after talks, Newcastle United and Fulham have ‘agreed a fee in principle’, the much quoted asking price having been claimed to be Ā£20m in recent months.

The newspaper report says that how the money is paid does still need to be agreed, presumably over what times period and whether instalments.

Whilst those talks about payment of the fee are continuing, The Telegraph report that Mitro has headed off on a post-World Cup holiday.

Set to turn 24 in September, the striker put on a decent show at the World Cup but the fact he only managed one goal from 14 shots in the three games, should keep him within Fulham’s price range.

This is a deal that surely suits all parties, with Mitrovic having scored 12 goals in only 18 starts (plus two sub appearances).

Fulham expect to be able to complete the signing of Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic when the Serbia international returns from holiday.

The report stats that the transfer should go through ‘before the end of the month’….Rafa Benitez will surely be hoping it happens sooner rather than later, with incoming transfer fees said to be a key part of his summer budget.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Ā£5m a year,
    thats another Hoss for Rafa

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      why not 10 installments of 2m?

      • Kneebotherm8

        That will be the terms of the deal……….and Rafa will immediately be given 2m for his transfer pot……..

  • Dillon Tovak

    Messi also scored 1 goal in 14 shots, I reckon we should demand Ā£200m.

    • Damon Horner

      We can demand that but we won’t get it.

  • Tino11

    If Jorgensen is rated at 22 million (their valuation) or even 20 million, then we should demand 20 million for Mitro, he’s probably not worth it but neither is
    Jorgensen, the prices have gone even more crazy this season so why should we not do what every other club does and hold out for bigger fees when selling? The only reason why some fans think we should sell him for less is because they know Rafa needs the money and he needs it quick, but it doesn’t have to be that way, Ashley has made us in to the Poundworld of Prem clubs and we know what happened to them!

  • Mrkgw

    Shambolic decision. All down to opinions at the end of the day, but thats mine – Iā€™m unhappy.

    • Down Under Mag

      I don’t think Mitro would ever have worked in Rafa’s formation because no matter if he has learned to work harder for the team he is still far to slow and immobile to lead the line as a lone striker and there are still severe question marks over his finishing… he needs too many chances and too much time on the ball which he simply isn’t going to get in the Premiership. I am sure he will score goals for Fulham but as for him being a prolific striker for them and showing us what we missed out on, the jury is still out on that one. Personally i’d like to have seen him kept and given a chance but I also totally understand why he will be leaving. I wish him all the best, his enthusiasm was never in doubt but I think we need a different type of player.

      The biggest issue I have is selling a player when the manager who doesn’t want him hasn’t signed an extension yet. Just too many ifs buts and maybes at this club right now which is worrying the fans.

  • Damon Horner

    All for it if we invest the fee. Feels like our team could like very different next year if some of the other first team players leave as well.