Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is desperate to stay at loan side Fulham with the London club being quoted a price of £20million for the Serbian’s signing, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Championship side are keen to seal a deal for the 23-year-old this summer after his stunning form since joining on loan in January, scoring 12 goals in his 17 appearances.
It is stated that Mitrovic cost Newcastle £13million when signed from Anderlecht back in 2015 and that manager Rafael Benitez is seeking a big profit off his exit to fund major reinvestment in the first team squad this summer.
Football Insider verdict
Mitrovic certainly has not hit the heights expected at St James’ Park and while the £20million price tag is certainly tempting, his form with the Cottagers might be giving Benitez second thoughts over selling him. The form he has shown will have plenty of suitors after his sensational performances and if the Magpies are set on shipping him out, then getting the biggest price tag possible must be the priority. The Serbian’s exit is likely going to fund much of the club’s spending, especially on a new striker, but the prospect of the World Cup, where he is set to lead the line for Serbia, could leave them demanding an even more big money fee if he impresses on the international stage. Will Mitrovic will be the only striker leaving St James’ Park? Probably not, with Islam Slimani, Dwight Gayle and Joselu all having failed to hit to hit the expected heights, all of the trio could be joining Mitrovic on the way out.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the Magpies are set to secure the deal of the summer with a £5.8million.