It seems that SC Amiens is determined to hold onto their right-back Emil Krafth. There were reports in the Sun a few days ago by Alan Nixon that Newcastle were going to offer around £1m for the Swede but that seemed odd as Amiens had just signed the player permanently for double that fee this summer.
Alan Nixon is now reporting that Newcastle have had a bid of £4.5m rejected by the French club for the defender.
— The Sun Football ? (@TheSunFootball) July 30, 2019
Earlier this afternoon there were reports that Amiens president Bernard Joannin was comparing the bid for Krafth with those for PSG left-back Stanley N’Soki. That is not really a like for like comparison in our opinion but we can understand where the French club is coming from.
They would have considered the right-back position covered for the upcoming season as they secured the player who made 36 appearances for the club last season. So they will not be too keen on having to find a replacement this late in the summer. Though the Ligue 1 window is open until September 2.
We also feel that a bid doubling the amount a club has paid for a player less than a month ago is a very fair price. So we can’t really blame the Newcastle board on this. However, it is very odd that they are even pursuing the player in the first place since he did just join Amiens permanently from Bologna.
Emil Krafth is also in a tough position as he is said to be getting a very lucrative deal to join Newcastle according to Nixon. We don’t think we have heard the last on this but can’t imagine Newcastle will increase their offer too much more than this latest bid.