Following their relegation from the Premier League, Fulham will have a real battle on their hands to keep hold of striker Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer.
The 24-year-old was the Cottagers’ top goalscorer last season, scoring 11 goals and adding a further three assists in all competitions for the London club.
But as Scott Parker’s side prepare for life back in the Sky Bet Championship, Mitrovic is a player in serious demand, with plenty of high-profile clubs believed to be in pursuit of the big Serbian.
With clubs beginning to circle around Mitrovic, we discuss whether Fulham will be able to keep hold of him this summer or not…
“It seems almost inevitable that Mitrovic will be leaving Fulham this summer.
“He’s far too good to be playing in the Championship having scored 11 goals in the Premier League last season, and it would be some statement of intent if they managed to keep hold of him.
“I’d be amazed if he stayed, but stranger things have happened. He has a close affinity with the club, and he might want to help them get back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking.”
“Mitrovic is far too good for the Championship as he proved in the latter half of 2018/17, and he knows it.
“That means he will likely depart this summer, it is just a question of where and who can afford his wages.
“It is unsurprising to see Bayer Leverkusen and Fenerbahce interest as he would do well at both those clubs. For Fulham fans it must be disappointing to see but they will know how difficult it is to keep hold of their better players.”
“It’s only a matter of time.
“He’s a player that is far too good for the Championship, and I would be stunned if he was a Fulham player by the start of next season.
“He’s being tracked by some top European clubs and Fulham are fighting a losing battle in keeping him at Craven Cottage.
“Fulham need to trim the wage bill ahead of next season and Mitrovic is likely to be one of the highest earners currently at the club.”