Fulham are confident they will be able to keep Aleksandar Mitrovic at the club this summer despite their relegation to the Championship, per The Sun.
The Serbia international has been one of the club’s best players in a dismal season and has reportedly attracted interest from other Premier League sides.
Mitrovic has scored 10 goals in the Premier League this season as the Cottagers have fought fruitlessly against relegation.
The club has indeed dropped through the trapdoor after picking up only 20 points from 34 games.
Mitrovic, then, has been something of a shining light in west London, and The Sun report claims that a number of clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and West Ham United, are keeping tabs on his situation.
However, Fulham are said to be hopeful that he will choose to stay at Craven Cottage and try to fire the club back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Mitrovic’s current contract runs until 2023 so Fulham are under no pressure to sell.
Mitrovic’s stock will never be higher than it is now.
The Cottagers paid £20million, per the aforementioned report, to extricate him from Newcastle United and it makes little sense to keep him on the books as a summer of rebuilding looms.
Fulham spent big upon promotion and have been left with a bloated squad filled with under-par players.
Selling Mitrovic and reinvesting the money into players more suitable to the Championship is a win-win.
Fulham suddenly receive a genuine injection of talent in the second-tier, while Mitrovic can continue playing at the level where he clearly belongs.
With so many clubs interested, there is likely to be something of a bidding war, and Fulham could actually recoup the £20m they spent if not even make a profit.
It’s a no-brainer.