According to the Daily Mail, Emil Krafth had looked set to complete a £2.7m move to Istanbul Basaksehir in the ‘coming days’ – only for a surprise start at Arsenal to leave him with second thoughts.
This comes after Turkish journalist İlhan Tüysüz claimed just yesterday that the Super Lig side were closing in on a deal for the 26-year-old Swede.
It seemed like a dubious rumour at the time – and may still be exactly that – however The Mail now report that he had in fact agreed a move to Turkey for just over half the £5m fee we paid for him back in 2019.
That said, Simon Jones’ piece claims that he is now stalling on a move after being pleasantly surprised by Steve Bruce on Monday night – with his rare start at The Emirates the first time he’s featured from the off in a Premier League game for over a month.
Sadly, he struggled at both ends in the 3-0 defeat. Aside from one brilliant block to deny Saka, his crossing way appalling, he was caught too high up the pitch too many times and continued to look a very average footballer lacking in any one standout trait.
Time will tell if this is true or The Mail jumping on Tuesday’s reports from Turkey, but I’d personally be happy to see us cash in.
After all, Manquillo and Yedlin have performed better of late….and even then it’s a position we should be strengthen in 2021!
About Olly Hawkins
Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.