Newcastle United frontman Aleksandar Mitrović is eager to leave the club this summer as he looks to gain some more first-team opportunities elsewhere. According to recent reports, the Serbian international has informed the Magpies of his desire not to play for them again and is keen on a switch to Fulham, where he had a loan spell in the second half of last season.
Mitrovic has found life hard under Rafael Benitez and was left frustrated with the lack of first-team action last season. Hence, he was loaned out to the Cottagers in January where he lit up the English Championship while scoring 12 goals in 17 league matches. His outstanding contributions helped the London side seal a promotion via the playoffs.
Some sources are now claiming that the Tyneside club are demanding a fee in the region of £30m for their prized asset. It is believed that the 23-year-old centre-forward has already told the Magpies that he won’t play for them if the club decides to price him out of a switch to Craven Cottage in this post-season. Recent reports have also suggested that Slaviša Jokanović’s side are not willing to pay more than £20m for the Serbian striker which is significantly below Newcastle’s asking price.
Benitez’s men had a roller-coaster of a campaign last term when they managed to avoid relegation and clinch a top half finish in the English top-flight. The Spanish boss will now need to bring in some quality talents during this ongoing window if his players are to improve on their domestic performance next term.
Retaining some of their top talents like Mitrovic could help them compete on all fronts in the upcoming campaign. However, it seems highly likely that Benitez has fallen out with the Serbian international which is why the Tyneside club needs to ship him out as soon as possible and bring in a suitable replacement capable of filling his shoes at St. James Park.
The Magpies boss can definitely look to use the money generated from Mitrovic’s potential sale to strengthen other areas of his squad. A move out of Tyneside will help the player as well, especially after his incredible displays for Fulham during his loan spell last season.
The Serbian will be able to reignite his career while the Cottagers will also benefit from having a player of his talents in their ranks, ahead of a season in the top tier of English football. Only time will tell what lies ahead in the future of Mitrovic and whether the Magpies end up letting him leave this summer.