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 £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.