According to reports from Birmingham Live, European sides Hamburg and Braga are interested in signing Birmingham City winger Kerim Mrabti.
The Swede only arrived at St. Andrew’s last season but could now be set to move away from the West Midlands side after a brief spell, with clubs from Germany and Portugal believed to be after his signature.
Pep Clotet brought in plenty of attacking players during the course of the summer, with the likes of Fran Villalba and Jefferson Montero both putting pen to paper at the club.
With European sides still permitted to sign players until the end of August, though, Blues could well be set to lose one of their players before the deadline.
Discussing this potential departure in today’s six-pointer is George Harbey…
How did Mrabti get on last season?
“Mrabti arrived at Birmingham from Swedish side Djurgaardens in the January transfer window, leaving the Swedish outfit after scoring 18 goals in 77 games.
“The Swede then made a total of 12 appearances for Blues last season, six of those being starting appearances, with the 25-year-old scoring just the one goal.
“On the whole, he impressed for Birmingham in what turned out to be a disastrous end to the season for them following a nine-point deduction.”
What’s his best position?
“Garry Monk tended to deploy a flat 4-4-2 system last season, but towards the end of the season he experimented with formations such as 4-3-3.
“Mrabti played on either flank in both systems, mostly down the right-hand side so he could drive down the flanks and supply Lukas Jutkiewicz with deliveries into the box.
“His best position is undoubtedly out wide, but he can also play behind the striker if needs be.”
What’s his current situation at St. Andrew’s? Is he in Clotet’s plans?
“Under Pep Clotet, Mrabti has made just one appearance, which came in the final moments of their opening day win over Brentford at Griffin Park.
“He was absent from both matchday squads as they lost 3-0 to Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup, and in the 1-1 draw with Bristol City at weekend, with Clotet switching to a system with wing-backs in their last two games.
“Mrabti’s contract at St. Andrew’s runs out at the end of the year, but it is understood that Blues have an option to extend that by another year.”
Would he be a loss if he were to leave?
“It wouldn’t be too big of a loss if he were to leave St. Andrew’s this summer.
“As alluded to before, Clotet has changed his system around in recent weeks, and I get the feeling that Mrabti just doesn’t fit in anymore as he isn’t a player who can get back and help defend.
“He could potentially play in behind the strikers, but Dan Crowley was really impressive at the weekend.”
How should Birmingham fans feel?
“I think Birmingham fans would be happy to let him go, if truth be told.
“He only has one year left on his deal, and they would want to sell him for a fee rather than let him leave on a free transfer at the end of the summer.”
Should Birmingham sell?
“As mentioned before, selling him before his contract runs out could be the best move for them as they would obviously get a fee for him rather than letting him leave for free.
“I can’t see them activating the option in his contract, so it will be interesting to see what happens.”