Southampton: 'Very talented' £8.5m target hailed amid St Mary's links

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Southampton target Mattias Svanberg has been labelled ‘an excellent player’ by Italian football expert Conor Clancy as speculation over his future continues to mount.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to St. Mary’s in recent weeks after entering the final 12 months of his contract with Bologna and could be set to seek pastures new.

What is the latest news involving Svanberg?

According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Southampton’s ‘concrete proposal’ for Svanberg has ‘arrived at Bologna’.

The Sweden international is said to be ‘extremely attracted’ to the Premier League, opening the door to a potential move to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s charges.

However, tying up a deal for Svanberg may prove difficult for Southampton as Serie A giants Napoli are also listed as potential suitors for the central midfielder.

It’s claimed that the Azzurri ‘like’ the engine room operator but have not made an official offer for him at the moment in time.

Nevertheless, Napoli’s hierarchy are said to have informed Svanberg’s entourage that they would like to welcome him at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona next season.

What has Clancy said about Svanberg?

Southampton are believed to have come forward with a €10 million (£8.5m) bid after Svanberg refused to put pen to paper on fresh term with Bologna.

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And Clancy has revealed how he gets ‘a little bit frustrated’ on the Scandinavian’s behalf when watching the Rossoblù play due to how restricted he is in their system.

He told GiveMeSport: “I personally think that Svanberg is an excellent player, and he’s one of those that I get a little bit frustrated on behalf of when I watch Bologna because you just want to see him be allowed to play.”

How good is Svanberg?

An unnamed source in Italy has told the I (via Football.London): “Svanberg’s probably one of the top four or five No 8’s in Europe – 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.”

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Svanberg has been a solid performer for Bologna since arriving from boyhood club Malmo back in July 2018, racking up 17 goal contributions in 123 appearances from a deeper role in midfield.

The 6 foot ace still managed to average 1.1 shots and one key pass per league game last term, though, placing him in the top five for each metric when compared to his teammates, as per WhoScored.

Whether Southampton can fend off the competition for Svanberg’s signature remains to be seen, but he could prove to be a bargain buy should he make the switch.

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