Fulham centre-forward Aleksandar Mitrovic is edging closer to a move away from Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football League World, who claim that the 26-year-old looks likely to push for a summer exit from the Championship club should Scott Parker remain in charge of the Cottagers ahead of next season.
It is reported that the Serbia international could begin to consider offers from European clubs in the coming weeks as a direct result of his poor relationship with the 40-year-old Fulham manager.
While Mitrovic undeniably struggled to find the back of the net in the Premier League last season, the £14.4m-rated man’s history of goalscoring in the Championship should be enough to make Parker attempt to set his differences with the centre-forward aside.
Indeed, over his 27 top-flight appearances for Fulham last term, only 13 of which came as starts, the 26-year-old scored three goals, registered three assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.2 shots and making 0.9 key passes per game.
However, despite his distinct lack of goals, Mitrovic nevertheless earned an impressive seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.93, ranking him as Parker’s joint seventh-best performer in the top flight of English football.
Furthermore, in the Cottagers’ promotion-winning campaign in the season prior, the £63k-per-week forward bagged 26 goals, provided two assists and created six big chances over his 40 Championship appearances, in addition to taking an average of 3.8 shots and making 1.1 key passes per game.
These returns saw the striker earn an average SofaScore match rating of 7.17 that season, enough to rank him as Fulham’s best player in the second tier, playing a huge role in securing the return of Premier League football to Craven Cottage.
As such, with the west London side undoubtedly hoping for an immediate return to the top flight once again in their upcoming campaign, retaining the services of the man Parker previously dubbed “relentless” would very much appear to boost the club’s chances of going on to achieve this feat, leading us to believe that allowing the 26-year-old to leave this summer would be something of a mistake by the Fulham boss.