Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez made it clear last season that he does not see Aleksandar Mitrovic in his plans.
The Spaniard sanctioned a loan move to Fulham for the Serbian international in January after the forward struggled for game time in the first half of the 2017-18 campaign.
Mitrovic thrived at Craven Cottage, scoring 12 goals in 20 Championship outings and helping the club secure promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs.
It has been widely reported that Fulham are keen to sign Mitrovic on a permanent deal, but it seems that price tag will be the sticking point.
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The Daily Mail’s North East football correspondent Craig Hope tweeted on Tuesday that the Magpies want in excess of £20m for the 40-cap international’s signature.
Understand Fulham have asked NUFC how much they want for Mitrovic & been told north of £20m. No deal yet agreed but willingness to do so from clubs & player. Fulham now deciding on their next move.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) July 3, 2018
The figure seems a little steep for a player who has started just 11 league matches for Newcastle over the past two seasons.
Whether Fulham are willing to meet the Magpies’ asking price remains to be seen, but Newcastle fans have had something to say about it on Twitter.
No way we will get 20+m for Mitro. Its a crazy market but not that Crazy
— Scotty ⚫⚪NUFC⚫⚪ (@ScottyT9804) July 3, 2018
They wanted 20m for tom cairney, who has never played champions league, in a major tournament or premier leuge football, therefore i expect nothing less thsn 45m plus sessengnon ?
— Rich Nesbitt (@bignes1080) July 3, 2018
Just write the cheque Fulham
— Rafferty’s Jukebox (@PercyArmsDisco) July 3, 2018
Swap for Sesegnon? ha!
— El Geordie ?? (@HitmanHernandez) July 3, 2018
how can nufc value mitro who’s not good enough at more than £20 million when we won’t spend that on a player ???Ashley taking piss #ASHLEYOUT
— Mal Huddart (@M4lah75) July 3, 2018
Seems like just a matter of time this one. Money surely will fund Plea transfer.
— Dan Snowden (@DanSnowden) July 3, 2018