Two European clubs are taking an interest in Birmingham City winger Kerim Mrabti, Birmingham Live have reported.
It is thought that German second-tier side Hamburg and Portuguese outfit Braga, who finished fourth in their country’s top flight to qualify for the Europa League last season, are both keen on a move for the 25-year-old.
Mrabti only joined Birmingham from Djugaardens in his native Sweden in January, and has gone onto 13 appearances in all competitions for the Blues, scoring once.
The winger was an 88th-minute substitute for Pep Clotet’s side during their 1-0 win over Brentford on the opening day of the Championship season, but was absent from their 1-1 draw with Bristol City on Saturday due to injury.
Despite only joining in January, Mrabti is already into the final year of his contract at St Andrew’s, although the club do hold the option of extending his deal by a further 12 months.
According to the report, Mrabti, is not pushing for a move away from the Midlands side.
While clubs in the Premier League and Championship can no longer sign players this summer, the transfer window does not close until September 2nd in the majority of other European countries.
This is an interesting one.
Mrabti has struggled to really make much of an impact during his time at Birmingham, so the club may not be all that concerned about losing him before the end of the month.
With new signings such as Dan Crowley and Fran Villalba impressing in the attacking midfield positions early this season, you also wonder just how confident Mrabti himself will be of holding down a regular spot in Pep Clotet’s team in order to secure that extension to his contract, which may tempt him into a move elsewhere.
That being said, I still think it could be risky to let Mrabti go without the opportunity to replace him, and it could be one that Birmingham live to regret should suspension and injury start to have an impact between now and the window reopening in January.