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Newcastle Could Return For 24-Year-Old They Bid For Last January – Fee Is Low

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?

Comments welcome.


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7 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    May 25, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    I dunno we don’t see. To do well with players whose names begin with “M” followed by another consonant. Mnot Mnas Mna Mrule.

  • DaveD1000

    May 25, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2

    doesnt have enough letters in his name…have to think of the shirt revenue. If he was Mr Myzplystimic he would be a shoe in

  • giimps

    May 25, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Maybe if we reversed his name Mirek Itbarm has a nice ring to it

  • Toonces

    May 25, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Comments about Lascelles last thread.

    True he is not the most comfortable on the ball but he has improved his touch and passing sgnificatntly. The other area where he has made great strides is that towards the end of the season you could see that when he was clearing the ball he was trying to direct it to a black and white shirt and not just head it or kick it anywhere (Dummett has this problem still). I recall an interview with John Terry and, IIRC, he said something along the lines of “every time that you clear the ball it is an opportunity to pass to a teammate to regain possession or spring the counter attack.” Lascelles has definitely improved this part of his game.

  • willowdalerez

    May 25, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    From previous “Surely he will now sign on to a new long-term contract after two challenging seasons when he has resurrected the club and got us up to 10th place in the Premier League.”

    Dr. Ed, I love optimism but that’s a little premature no? Whatever you’re drinking though I’ll have a snifter. 😉

  • willowdalerez

    May 25, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #6


    You’ve penciled in both Kenedy and Abraham to a squad you’d be happy with. Unlikely Chelski will sell either for the amount Ashley will make available. Likely have to choose to take one on loan.

    You also think we’ll keep Gayle… Doubt it. In my book Gayle’s a wasting asset. He has decent value if we sell him now to a Championship side based on his performance in our promotion year. Another year older kicking about as a sub in the Prem where he didn’t cut it will harm that value. Yes selling all of Mitro, Joselu and Galye means bringing in a load of new strikers but Rafa needs to add to the frugal pot Ashley’s making available by selling and/or getting wages of the books. Gayle and Mitro have value now so I expect both to be sold. Arma will depend on if Rafa thinks he will ever have a chance of cutting it in the Prem otherwise he’ll be sold simple as. Joselu is the trickier one. He’s on high wages. May be difficult to offload unless sold cheap and NUFC agree to subsidize his wages (something the Ashley regime will be loathe to do). Think it more likely that if we keep one of our strikers it will be Joselu. He’s tall and could be a 3rd filling in for injuries and as a late sub. He’s also Rafa’s pick so Rafa may want to work on him a little yet.

    Also think Manquillo will be shipped. Agree with you on the GK front that one but not both of Elliott or Darlow likely being moved on.

  • Geordie-john

    May 25, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7

    If Rafa thinks this lad is good enough then crack on with the purchase. Rafa can obviously see a good possibility in this lad and as money is tight ( AGAIN ) then he won’t want to waste any of it.


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