Southampton have been handed a potential boost in their hopes of signing Swedish midfielder Matthias Svanberg from Bologna this summer, as recent reports have suggested that the Serie A side will have to sell their top talents due to financial difficulties.
Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic recently admitted that the Italian side will have to cash in on some players this summer when asked about their transfer strategies, saying:
“We have to sell by force of circumstances, then we’ll see who: it depends on the market, not on us.”
Southampton, Leicester City and AC Milan have all been linked with Svanberg since January, with rumours re-emerging as we approach the summer transfer window.
This season has been something of a breakthrough for the midfielder in terms of attacking returns, as he has managed five goals and two assists in 30 league appearances, so it is easy to see why he is attracting interest from the Saints.
Svanberg, who is currently rated at £8.1m by Transfermarkt, would seemingly fit in well with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s transfer policy at Southampton this summer, with the Austrian suggesting recently that the South Coast club will almost exclusively target players who will cost £10m or less this summer.
Given that the Swedish international has featured in a number of positions in his career thus far, you could certainly argue that his versatility would be a big boost for the Saints next season if he were to make the move to St Mary’s, as their lack of depth, particularly in central-midfield, has certainly been exposed at times this season.
Therefore, after the news that Bologna may be forced to cash in on Svanberg this summer, Southampton CEO Martin Semmens should do everything he can to sign the 22-year-old for Hasenhuttl’s side before another club gets a deal done.