It feels as though Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Serbian international striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in every transfer window to take place over the last two years and surprise, surprise, the national press are once again suggesting that Roy Hodgson and co. are sweet on the Fulham man this summer.
Still only 24, the former Newcastle man performed pretty well in what was an awful campaign for the Cottagers and is now being widely tipped to bounce back into the Premier League following his current employers’ relegation into the second tier in May. After bagging a relatively impressive 11 goals in 37 top flight appearances, it’s little surprise to learn that Palace are set to face competition for his signature but if either we or West Ham are to land him by August, it looks as though we’ll have to part with rather a large amount of cash.
Known to be extremely close to Serbian international teammate and current Palace captain Luka Milivojevic, Mitrovic would at least have an immediately warm welcome were he to swap west for south London and with his battering-ram style of forward play, I’d wager he’d be well received from the Eagles faithful from the moment he arrived. We love players who are happy to put themselves in the firing line for the shirt and Aleksandar certainly fits the bill on that front.
There will always be people who question how likely he is to score the goals to justify a price-tag of £30 million but part of me wonders whether or not Fulham will actually stick hard and fast to that valuation when push comes to shove over the summer months. Having paid the Magpies somewhere in the region of £22 million when taking him off their hands permanently last summer, it stands to reason that they’d look to recoup as close to all of that fee but whether or not they’ll demand a profit following their relegation remains a topic which is open to debate.
Do you expect the rumours to actually develop into something concrete this time around?