Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has spoken out about his desire to keep Aleksandar Mitrovic, but Newcastle fans are hoping they wait until after the World Cup to sell.
According to reports, Fulham manager Jokanovic was at Serbia’s training camp this week, where he expressed his desire to keep the feisty striker at Craven Cottage.
Mitrovic couldn’t come to terms with what Rafael Benitez expected of his players at St. James’, and although plenty of fans criticised the decision to let the young striker leave, the Magpies’ form in his absence has silenced the doubters.
The 23 year-old was pivotal in Fulham’s promotion though, scoring 12 times in 18 starts after his loan move in January.
The Cottagers are now hoping to keep hold of him when they take on the top tier of English football, but Newcastle fans are praying they can repeat the sale of Moussa Sissoko, who they sold for a whopping £30m after his impressive Euro 2016 showing.
If Mitrovic can shine at the World Cup for Serbia, the Magpies could get a huge sum to reinvest in their own frontline, and if the Serbian continues his form for the Cottagers into next season it could be a win for all parties.
Some of the best Twitter reactions can be found down below…
I honestly think #NUFC will wait.
Fulham will pay 20-25 million for him anyway, regardless of WC
We have nothing to lose. If he has a great WC and bangs in 4-5 goals, his price will rocket to 30 million and the big boys will come calling.
His international record is sublime.
— Burnsie ⚽ NUFC ⚽ (@BenArfaChance) May 29, 2018
No less than £20mil
— Dayle (@DayleBarron) May 29, 2018
Tricky one, do a quick deal and get the money banked for Rafa, or wait another month and add another £5-7 million on his price..
— Daniel (@danjpeg) May 29, 2018
Get the feeling it would need to be £20m + to tempt us to sell before the World Cup. 3 or 4 goals in the tournament, he could easily start a bidding war and fetch £30m whereas doing not much I doubt would reduce blue much under £20m giving his age and scoring ratio in career.
— Dan Snowden (@DanSnowden) May 29, 2018
100% wait until after the World Cup!
— EJ (@Michael_EJones) May 29, 2018
— MOG (@oinkbaamoo) May 29, 2018
NUFC should definitely wait until after the World Cup. Mitro will end up Golden Boot winner.
— Liam Johnson (@SkyblueJohnno) May 29, 2018