Southampton will have to double their bid for Bologna’s Serie A enforcer Mattias Svanberg after the Premier League outfit failed with an initial offer of £5 million, as reported by Gazetta dello Sport.
The days of Bologna being able to command a fee of around £20 million for their Swedish international talisman are long gone.
Svanberg has just 12 months left on his contract at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. And it is understood that the former Malmo ace has no plans to sign an extension, meaning a departure before the August transfer deadline looks inevitable.
Svanberg has been linked with, amongst others, the likes of AC Milan, Everton and Leicester City in the past. Manchester City scouted him before Christmas, according to The I.
All four clubs appear to be looking elsewhere for the time being, however, while another of Svanberg’s suitors – Tottenham Hotspur – have signed the outstanding Yves Bissouma from Brighton and Hove Albion.
Southampton, then, may have a relatively clear run at a player who could slot in alongside James Ward-Prowse in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s engine room.
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According to Gazetta dello Sport, however, the Saints will have to stump up more than £5 million however. Bologna are holding out for just shy of £10 million. Not an insignificant sum by any means, but a bargain price for one of the most promising midfielders on the market.
“Svanberg’s probably one of the top four or five number eights in Europe,” a source told The i in December. “That’s how good he is.
“He’s a very talented young man. He’s playing for a very defensive Bologna side but he can bring a spark to whichever team he plays in.”
Southampton have already snapped up goalkeepers Gavin Bazunu and Mateusz Lis this summer. Highly-rated centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap joined from Bochum for £9 million on Tuesday too.
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