Aleksandar Mitrovic was Fulham's key player up front, scoring 14 Premier League goals last season as the Cottagers finished in the top half; the Serbian striker wants to leave the west London club after six years; Al Hilal have already signed Ruben Neves and Kalidou Koulibaly
Wednesday 19 July 2023 21:21, UK
Aleksandar Mitrovic has told relatives he will never play for Fulham again after the club valued him at around £52m.
The price, that has been quoted to agents, is likely to put off interested clubs.
Mitrovic, who was considering staying away from the club tour of America, has now been convinced by agent Pini Zahavi and PFA representatives to join the squad as they depart for the United States on Thursday.
However, it is understood Mitrovic is angry at being priced out of a move having been the subject of two failed bids from Al Hilal.
Mitrovic's agent has urged Tony Khan to lower his value to somewhere between £35m and £45m.
It gives Marco Silva an issue on tour with an unhappy striker in his squad, as doubts now emerge over Mitrovic's willingness to play in the opening game of the Premier League season at Everton on August 12.
Fulham did not comment when contacted by Sky Sports News.
Serbia international Mitrovic scored 14 league goals last season to help Fulham finish in the top half of the Premier League.
Mitrovic's goals also played a key role in helping the west London club to return to the top flight from the Championship on two occasions.
The forward joined Fulham, initially on loan in February 2018, before signing permanently for around £25m later that year.
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Al Hilal have been one of the busiest Saudi Arabian clubs in this transfer window - and have already claimed one major Premier League coup in Ruben Neves.
The Portugal international, who was captain at Wolves, completed a £47m move to the Pro League club earlier this summer.
Al Hilal have also signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea, and Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Milikovic-Savic, who is Mitrovic's international team-mate with Serbia, is reportedly set to sign a contract worth over £17m per year.
The other high-profile player Al Hilal have is former Sporting Lisbon and Benfica forward Andre Carillo, who has 92 caps for Peru and spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Watford.
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Saudi Arabia are signing some of world football's most high-profile players this summer - but why is this happening and does this spending power pose a threat to big European clubs?
In 2023 alone, Cristiano Ronaldo moved to the Middle Eastern nation on a free transfer, with Ballon D'Or winner Karim Benzema turning down another season at Real Madrid to join him in the country.
Meanwhile, a host of Chelsea players - including N'Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy - have swapped Stamford Bridge for Saudi Arabia, while Heung-Min Son, Bernardo Silva and Mitrovic have been targeted.
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