Newcastle United are about to have a shake-up in the striker department, with manager Rafa Benitez confirming Aleksandar Mitrovic will be sold to Fulham and Japan star Yoshinori Muto will be his replacement.

The Magpies have flown under the radar in the transfer market this summer, with no big-money additions or exits as yet.

However, the sale of Mitrovic to Fulham will surely bolster Newcastle’s ability to spend, with Sky Sports claiming the fee is in the £22 million region.

The Serbia international arrived at St James’ Park with a big reputation, but despite some glimpses of ability was largely a fringe figure at the Tyneside club.

A loan move to Fulham last season rekindled Mitrovic’s scoring form in the Championship and will have increased the striker’s value and the fee Newcastle are set to receive.

Meanwhile, Muto is set to join the Magpies from Mainz as a direct replacement, with widespread reports claiming the fee to land the Japanese forward is around £10 million.

Newcastle drew 0-0 with Porto in a pre-season friendly on Saturday and Benitez confirmed that both deals are likely to be completed in the very near future.

“I think it’s done,” The Chronicle quote the Spaniard as saying when quizzed about Mitrovic’s exit.

“I think he has an agreement with Fulham and I wish him all the best. Hopefully he can score a lot of goals but not against us.

“But it’s something we were expecting and it’s now a case of looking to see if we can bring someone else to replace him.

“We are working and trying to bring in new players to bring in new competition.

“Muto is done but it’s just waiting for the work permit. He played in the World Cup in a good team.

“He has done well in the Bundesliga so we are talking about a striker that is doing well in the last few years at international level.

“He has quality and can bring us energy and good movement plus the intensity you need. I don’t see any problem with him.”

Newcastle start their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Tottenham Hotspur and the fans will hope to see a number of new faces brought to the club ahead of this fixture.


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