The chairman of Falkenberg has told the Swedish media his club haven’t come to an agreement to sell Jesper Karlsson to Elfsborg, despite claims a deal had been done. The 18-year-old forward is being tracked by a number of clubs in Sweden, but also by Sunderland and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Speaking to Fotbolldirekt, Lars-Eric Nilsson was asked about the future of Karlsson and whether a deal had been struck with Elfsborg. Nilsson said the perception is the youngster has agreed to sign for Elfsborg, but confirmed this is not the case. The Falkenberg chief said they have only held talks with Elfsboug once with regards to Karlsson, although he revealed further discussions are expected soon.

“Jesper has decided for Elfsborg. This is how we perceive it, but we did not agree with Elfsborg. We have not agreed with Elfsborg yet. We’ve only had our first meeting so far. We will meet again this week,” said the Falkenberg chairman.

Last week we covered claims Brighton were the latest English club to show an interest in Karlsson, and that the player was an option open to them in the next window. With the Championship side pushing for promotion to the Premier League this season the club may need to strengthen in the new year to achieve this.

Earlier in the season we reported Sunderland are also keen on the young Swede, who would cost the Premier League club around £500k to £700k.