Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN) is a Dutch newspaper, and they are reporting that Newcastle put in what they call “a concrete bid” of €1.3M (€1.14M) for Swedish forward Kerim Mrabti last January.
Mrabti plays for Stockholm-based club Djurgardens IF and he has been there for three years.
He was born in Sweden to a half-Finnish and half-Swedish mother and a Tunisian father.
Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez have started to put in bids for some of our top targets this summer, and maybe they have gone back in for this midfielder/striker.
Kerim has 3 caps for Sweden, and he’s been in good form this past season for his club and has attracted the interest of the Magpies.
Newcastle wanted to sign the player last January, and Italian club Udinese also bid for him.
Kerim Mrabti – 24-year-old Swedish forward
Djurgardens wanted to hold onto their player at that time to improve their chances of winning the Swedish Cup and that paid off as they beat Malmo 3-0 in the final back on May 10th – and Mrabti scored after 47 minutes to make it 2-0.
Here’s a piece taken from the HLN report:
“The interest is not new. Last winter he was already on a list in the Astridpark. Udinese and Newcastle then made a concrete bid of 1 million and 1.3 million euros respectively.”
“But Djurgarden refused to let their stronghold go. Mrabti first had to give them the Swedish cup. Something he did, by taking one of three goals against Malmo FF.”
“Now that his contract expires in December, a transfer is indeed negotiable. Expected cost price: maximum 1.5 million euros.”
“Mrabti, who suffered a serious knee injury in 2016 and had to rehabilitate for nine months, is highly regarded in his own country.”
“Last January he played a friendly for the Swedish national team, until the national coach of Tunisia tried to persuade him to go to the World Cup.”
“Mrabti could not choose and therefore decided for the time being to not come out for either country.”
€1.5M – that’s not a significant transfer fee for this day and age, and there seems a minimum risk to Newcastle in bringing the Swede in – if Rafa still rates him.
He is so well thought of in Sweden that he has been labeled the next Eden Hazard in his home country.
And he’s available for €1.5M?
What do you think?
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