Aleksandar Mitrovic is set for a permanent move to Fulham after a £22 million bid was accepted by fellow Premier League side Newcastle, according to Sky Sports.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 28, 2018
Mitrovic left Newcastle‘s Portuguese training camp on Saturday to finalise his move Fulham. Talks have been held over the last few days to acquire Mitrovic after his four-month loan spell with the club ended in June.
Negotiations were going in the wrong direction with Fulham originally prepared to pay just £16 million, while the Magpies wanted £18 million. It is surmised that the final fee is around £22 million, which could rise as high as £27 million with potential add-ons.
Waiting for Mitrovic to sign like… pic.twitter.com/ZQWO7nrZa6
— FulhamFanTalk (@FulhamFanTalk) July 19, 2018
Mitrovic joined the Magpies from Anderlecht in 2015 after scoring 44 goals in 90 appearances for the Belgian side. But the striker has since struggled to perform on the same level with Newcastle, scoring on just 17 occasions in his 72 matches for the English club.
The 23-year-old showed fine form in the Championship, netting 12 times in 20 games while on loan at Fulham last season, as the club obtained promotion to the Premier League through the Championship play-offs. Mitrovic also played in all 4 of Serbia‘s games at the World Cup this year, scoring a single goal in the campaign.
Rafa Benitez indicated earlier in July that he was being urged to “wheel and deal” in this summer’s transfer market and was bound sell players in order to generate funds.
Benitez: "I wish Mitrovic all the best. I think it's done." #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 28, 2018
Rafael Benitez defended Mitrovic’s sale saying: “It means we can bring in another striker and we can be stronger. Yes [Mitrovic’s departure means the signing of another striker].
We did this business with Muto because we needed to do something more. I don’t control the accounts but if you do the maths we have enough money.”
Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto has already agreed to join the Magpies from Bundesliga side, Mainz. But the 26-year-old striker must wait for next week’s hearing over his work permit to finalise the move.
Fulham have already signed Andre Schurrle on loan, Fabri from Besiktas, Maxime Le Marchand and Jean Michael Seri from Nice.
Fulham's front 3 of Schurrle, Sessegnon and Mitrovic is going to be sex this season. Very exciting times in West London.
— Serbian Football (@SerbianFooty) July 28, 2018
Fulham start their Premier League campaign at home against Crystal Palace while Newcastle host Tottenham on 11th August.