It appears that Newcastle are trying to capture SC Amiens right-back Emil Krafth but may not have been counting on the French club’s resolve in holding on to their new signing.
Bernard Joannin is the President of SC Amiens, who just signed the Swedish international from Bologna for €2.5M this summer. Krafth had spent last year on loan at the Ligue 1 club.
The following tweet by an Amiens fan account has a comment attributable to the Amiens president.
? Bernard Joannin "Si les dirigeants de Newcastle sont prêts à mettre 11M€ pour acheter Nsoki, pourquoi ne mettraient ils pas 11M€ pour Emil Krafth ?" ???
— AmiensSCUnited (@AmiensSCUnited) July 30, 2019
The statement translates to:
“If the leaders of Newcastle are ready to put in 11M € to buy N’Soki, why would not they put in 11M € for Emil Krafth?”
Well, there is no way Krafth is worth the same amount as Stanley N’Soki but Newcastle should be expecting the French club to want to hold on to their new signing. We have to wonder how much the club is bidding for the 24-year-old.
There appears to be very solid interest in the Swede from Newcastle which at least shows the club is trying to get players in. It also appears that Krafth would love to join Newcastle which you would expect to be the case.
Alan Nixon of the Sun has tweeted the following about Amiens stance on Krafth as well as the player’s willingness to join.
Newcastle. Amiens not playing ball with a fee for the Swede right back. Lad wants to come. But fee too high for now.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 30, 2019
The slow start to the summer activities by Newcastle is going to end up burning them we fear. They made no haste in finding a replacement for Rafa Benitez when they knew he was hesitant to sign a new contract in mid-May. This indecision brought a halt to much of the club’s transfer activity and now Newcastle are trying to make up for lost time.
We are not sure of how long Krafth has been on Newcastle’s radar or if it was even a possibility to sign him before Amiens did, but to go in with derisory offers for a player who has just signed for a club seems ludicrous. It’s even more ludicrous that they have just one transfer completed with 9 days left in the window.
Well, we’ll see where this one goes from here but there does appear to be genuine interest from the club in the player and vice versa. But as is generally the case, it is the fee that is holding things up.