Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal’s pursuit of striker Aleksandr Mitrovic has caused a rift between the player and Fulham, his current team and top goalscorer from last season.
According to Sky Sports, Mitrovic reluctantly joined Fulham’s pre-season tour in the USA after expressing his unwillingness to play for the club again. This decision came after Fulham placed a hefty price tag of £52 million on him, effectively pricing him out of a move to Al Hilal, who had made two unsuccessful bids for the player.
Mitrovic’s agent, Pini Zahavi, and representatives from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) convinced him to join the squad for the pre-season tour. However, the striker remains upset about the situation and believes that the club’s valuation is hindering his desired transfer.
In an effort to facilitate a potential move, Mitrovic’s agent has urged Tony Khan, Fulham’s decision-maker, to reconsider the player’s valuation, suggesting a price range between £35 million and £45 million.
Meanwhile, Fulham’s manager, Marco Silva, has rejected an approach from Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli and asserted his unwavering commitment to Fulham. He was reportedly offered £40 million for a two-year contract to become Al Ahli’s new manager. However, Silva emphasized that he is fully devoted to Fulham and refused to discuss the matter further in a recent press conference ahead of the Premier League Summer Series match against Brentford.
Despite the tension surrounding Mitrovic’s potential transfer, Fulham and the player continue to navigate the situation as the summer transfer window unfolds.