Report discloses Newcastle's plan to earn huge fee for Mitrovic

Rafa Benitez manager of Newcastle United gives a thumbs up as he celebrates victory and promotion after the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St...

Premier League trio West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Burnley are all interested in signing Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United simply could not find a buyer for Aleksandar Mitrovic in January.

The out of favour Serbian striker was on the market for £15 million according to the Mirror but, when no club was willing to meet Newcastle’s price-tag, the Magpies were forced to loan him out to Fulham instead.

And what a decision that has been. Mitrovic, who cost Newcastle £13 million, has plundered ten goals in 12 Championship starts for a Fulham side chasing automatic promotion and there is no shortage of interest in the 23-year-old now.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2018 in...

According to Calciomercato, top flight trio Crystal Palace, Burnley and West Ham are all keen to sign Mitrovic this summer. West Ham’s interest is particularly intriguing, given that they were one of the sides not interested enough to pay £15 million just three months ago.

And it seems that Newcastle have a plan to ensure they can eke every last penny out of the Hammers, Palace or Burnley this summer.

The Chronicle claims that Newcastle will delay selling Mitrovic until after the World Cup, in the hope that he impresses for Serbia over in Russia in adds a few more million to his price-tag. The former Anderlecht front man is his nation’s big hope this summer, having netted six times for the country in the last year.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Serbia celebrates the victory after FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Georgia at stadium Rajko Mitic on October 9, 2017 in Belgrade.

The Chronicle claimed recently that Newcastle were seeking around £20 million for Mitrovic this summer – but that fee could increase ever further with a decent showing in front of the watching world.

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