Southampton are plotting an ambitious £30 million summer move for Aleksandar Mitrovic, according to the Daily Express.
The Serbian striker only signed for Fulham last summer but their relegation will now probably see the striker depart Craven Cottage.
Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl is keen to bolster his striking ranks in the summer. Danny Ings will complete his £18 million switch from Liverpool, but Charlie Austin and Shane Long remain unconvincing.
The Saints have spent a large chunk of the campaign trying to stave off relegation. Hassenhuttl knows that won’t be acceptable next season and wants Mitrovic to spearhead a revival.
The 24-year-old signed for the Cottagers last July in a deal worth £22 million (BBC Sport). The club clearly wants to gain some profit on one of their most valuable assets following relegation to the Championship.
Mitrovic’s 11 goals have clearly drawn this interest from Southampton. Despite Fulham’s struggles during 2018/19, the Serb has proven his worth when it comes to scoring Premier League goals.
Despite him looking ideal for the Saints, £30 million does seem like an awful lot of money. Hassenhuttl will have a need to strengthen other areas and the Mitrovic signing will seriously deplete his budget.
He could, however, work well in the Saints boss’ system, whilst he does represent a completely different option to that of Ings.
Mitrovic is certainly an upgrade on Charlie Austin who is a similar sort of striker and if they can get a fee for him, then the £30 million all of a sudden looks a little cheaper.