Newcastle United are close to signing right-back Emil Krafth from Amiens in a deal worth £6million, according to L’Equipe.
The French newspaper claims that the 25-year-old is scheduled to undergo a medical with the Magpies before signing a six-year deal that will keep him at St James’ Park until the end of the 2024/25 season.
Krafth spent last season on loan at Amiens from Italian side Bologna, but Amiens made that deal permanent earlier this summer for around £2.3millon.
The Ligue 1 club now stands to make a profit of £3.7million on the Sweden international as he heads towards a move to Newcastle.
Now that Newcastle are closing in on Krafth, what happens to DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo? It is rare for teams to have three senior right-backs in the first-team squad so it will be interesting to see if one of Yedlin or Manquillo moves on before the end of the month. Newcastle might only have until 5pm on Thursday to sign new players but clubs around Europe will have a few weeks before they have to cease trading and that means that selling one of Yedlin or Manquillo could still happen before the start of September. If fans had to choose one of those right-backs to say goodbye to then surely it would be Yedlin. Manquillo has been impressive in pre-season friendlies and was marginally better than the USA international last under Rafa Benitez’s charge. However it is easier to sell players in better form so Steve Bruce may find it easier to cash in on Manquillo than Yedlin. If Krafth is going to be first-choice, then it should not really matter too much.