Emil Krafth’s path to Newcastle has been somewhat circuitous but also strange in its timing. Emil joined Newcastle for a fee of around £5m on transfer deadline day this summer. He joined from French club Amiens. The peculiar aspect of the transfer is that Krafth had just joined Amiens that summer for half the fee that Newcastle paid for him.
While it is not a significant outlay for someone who looks like he could be a real bargain, it is very unlike Mike Ashley to sanction such a deal.
In the end, Newcastle decided Emil would be worth the £5m fee. Amiens were able to make a nice profit on a player they had signed permanently just five weeks earlier. Though, Krafth did play for them on loan from Bologna the season before.
This is what Emil had to say about the process leading to his transfer to Newcastle in the Athletic:
“I was so pleased that the clubs managed to eventually agree on something. I knew of Newcastle’s interest from three weeks before I signed. I just had to try and be patient while the clubs found an agreement.
“I was waiting and waiting, then finally, in the last few days of the window they did and I’m delighted to be at Newcastle.”
Emil started his career in his native Sweden, coming through the Öster Academy. He broke through to the first-team for the second division side in the 2010-11 season before moving to first-division Swedish club Helsingborgs in January 2012. The Swedish Allsvenskan runs from late March to early November.
Emil Krafth– while at Helsingborgs
Krafth played for three season at Helsingborgs. He made 93 appearances for the club which remains by far his most represented club. Emil moved to Bologna in 2015 where he made 45 appearances before joining Amiens on loan last summer.
When Helsingborgs sold Krafth, they added a sell-on fee. That has paid off this summer as Helsingborgs has received a piece of the £5m fee Newcastle paid to Amiens. They reportedly really needed it.
Helsingborgs IF Chairman Krister Azelius said that the club were able to use the funds to bring former Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg on board as their new manager. This is what he said according to the Chronicle.
“It means we have a little better muscle than we thought we would have. We had intended to use them for other purposes, but now we have to use them for this. We have a much better transfer net than we had expected.”
Emil Krafth was also happy that his move to Newcastle was able to help his former club. This is what Krafth has said about the clause:
“I don’t know how much money Helsingborg received. But it is fun to be able to help a club that you have played in and that you enjoy very much.”