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Newcastle United’s future depends on Aleksandar Mitrovic

The purchase of a striker will likely be held off until Fulham meet the valuation of the Serbian hitman.

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Newcastle United is going to continue with its sale of Aleksandar Mitrovic. Much to my chagrin, but how I feel doesn’t matter to Benitez, and I’m a very sentimental guy so I’d likely be a terrible football manager. If a player brought me cookies one day, without a doubt he’d always be in the first team.

I digress.

The sale of Mitrovic is right now the biggest hindrance to the club making any purchases of their striker targets.

The expected £20m sale of Mitrovic will provide manager Rafa Benitez with some decent cash on top of what he has already been given — which isn’t much, but it will certainly help to add the funds from Mitrovic.

The transfers that could benefit are the Salomon Rondon deal that has been vehemently discussed in recent days, as well as a deal for Ruben Loftus-Cheek or even Oleksandr Zinchenko. The club has also been linked to a deal for Albert Adomah of Aston Villa if the potential reunion between Benitez and Townsend happens to fall through. The asking price of Adomah? £20m.

But all these are deals that Newcastle probably doesn’t have the funds for, despite finishing tenth in the Premier League and profiting off of the television deal. The Mitrovic sale will be the catalyst for what will be the most crucial transfer window during the Benitez era. If funds aren’t made available, players aren’t purchased, and if the club doesn’t finish in a European spot, the era of Benitez will come to an end.

So either way, whether Aleksandar Mitrovic found his way in the starting lineup or not, the future of the club actually depends on him right now.

Surprising isn’t it?