Newcastle United must slap a price tag of at least £10million on the head of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic if he is to depart for Fulham or elsewhere in the summer transfer window.
The Serbian powerhouse, currently on loan at Craven Cottage after exiting St James’ Park in January, is claimed by the Northern Echo to have impressed the London side’s manager Slavisa Jokanovic and that his fellow countryman is keen to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
Mitrovic arrived on Tyneside in the summer of 2016 for a fee in the region of £13million but has endured a difficult time, suffering relegation in his first season before falling out of favour under current manager Rafael Benitez.
While a permanent exit in the summer seems likely, it is important that the Magpies take every penny possible from a deal, and should not accept anything less than £10million.
Benitez will know that whatever funds are raised from the Serbian’s sale will be part of the funds to replace him, but in today’s transfer market the best strikers are available only for a premium price.
Accepting anything less than £10million would mean the Spanish boss would struggle to bring in a player who could offer the Magpies what they need, and it would be worth keeping Mitrovic if they could not find the right buyer for him.
Fulham seem to have got the best out of the 23-year-old, having seen him score two goals in his five appearances, three coming as starts, helping them fly high in the Championship, currently sitting fifth in the table.
In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has held confirmed talks with the agent of an outcast available for £3million.