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.
‘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.’