Newcastle United are set to clear the decks as they bid to get themselves into a position to strengthen when the transfer window reopens, according to The Chronicle.

The exit door is ready to open for Aleksandar Mitrovic, who could move to Fulham permanently should the Cottagers be successful in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Serbian striker has been on loan at Craven Cottage since January and has been a huge hit for the Londoners. His presence and goals have launched a run of form that saw Slavisa Jokanovic’s men fly up the division and within one win of an automatic return to the top flight.

They were unable to secure that on the final day of the campaign, so have had to go down the second route to the Premier League which is the final against Aston Villa on Saturday.

If Fulham win that match it is expected that they will take Mitrovic permanently, for a fee of around £15 million, which would begin to reduce the wage bill and offer up funds ahead of a sustained summer spend.

Rafael Benitez is keen for a big transfer window ahead of the new season, to enable him to take the Magpies to the next level, after working so hard for a top 10 finish this term.

He is believed to want to sign big name players, but with that come large wages and significant transfer fees, so the Spaniard is aware that he needs to push out all those players who he will not use going forward.

That means that as well as Mitrovic facing the exit door, the likes of Jack Colback, Chancel Mbemba, Henri Saivet, Matz Sels and Adam Armstrong could all be set to depart Tyneside.

It is set to be a busy summer at St James’ Park, and that could all begin as early as next week should Fulham run out Wembley winners.


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