Mattias Svanberg is thriving in Serie A with Bologna and that’s grabbed attention from the Premier League as Everton, Leicester City and Southampton are linked with him.
On March 16th, Il Resto del Carlino reported the Foxes and the Saints are monitoring the 22-year-old, who joined the Italian club for €5.5m in 2018.
A day later, the same outlet explained Carlo Ancelotti’s side are also in the picture for the Sweden international.
Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio also reported the English trio want the former Malmö FF man and this is highlighted by Sportbladet, who have interviewed the midfielder.
Svanberg expressed his admiration for English football and has opened the door to a move to the Premier League in the future.
“I think and believe, I hope so at some point. That would be fun [to play in the Premier League],” he said.
“I’d probably rather play in England [if I wasn’t playing in Italy now]. It’s the league you’ve looked at the most when you’ve been a kid and the league I follow the most if I don’t watch Italian football.”
With the likes of Everton, Leicester and Southampton named as suitors, Siniša Mihajlović’s man admitted he doesn’t focus much on what’s written about him in the press.
“Not much. Of course, you cannot avoid so much because I have Instagram and read the newspapers. Then it comes up by itself. But it’s not something I look up to, it only comes to you and you have got used to it,” the player explained.
When he was specifically asked if he will be moving to England after Euro 2020, Svanberg said: “Wow, of course it’s really hard to answer. I have no idea, but as things stand, it is Italy because I have two years left on my contract. If I had to guess anything, it’s Italy.”
Svanberg was initially valued at SEK 150m [€15m] and Corriere dello Sport then stated his asking price is around SEK 250m [€25m].
On the rumoured price tag, the Swede added: “It’s quite a lot of money, but that’s what the football industry looks like. There is nothing I can really influence more than performing on the field.”