Newcastle transfer target Kerim Mrabti may be one of the early transfers Rafa is able to close for Newcastle this summer.
Newcastle were said to have bid €1.3M in January for the striker who can play either up front or as a number 10 – he plays for Stockholm-based Djurgardens IF in the Allsvenskan League.
The news was in Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN), a Dutch language newspaper based in Brussels and Italian club Udinese also bid for him.
The Swedish International’s contract is up at the end of the Allsvenskan League in early November, and he will be available as a free agent.
24-year-old Swedish striker Kerim Mrabti – plays for Stockholm-based Djurgardens
Mrabti has been speaking to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet:
“Clearly, I have explained to Bosse Andersson (Djurgardens’ Sports Director) that I have a chance to go abroad now.”
“This is my fourth year here and I feel I’ve done a lot for the club.”
The fee his club want is just €1.5M, so Newcastle were close to that in January and the could put in a slightly increased bid for the Swede if Rafa really wants him.
He is talked about in his home country as being similar to Eden Hazard.
But at 22 when Hazard signed on at Chelsea in 2012 he was worth £32M – and since then the fees have gone up a lot with the Premier League clubs getting so much more these days.
So if he is a good player – even a little bit like Hazard – he would appear to be a bargain buy at only €1.5M and a small risk for Newcastle.
He was born in Sweden to a half-Finnish and half-Swedish mother and a Tunisian father and he has 3 caps for Sweden.
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