Arsenal have set their sights on a transfer for old team-mate of Takehiro Tomiyasu’s, according to a report in Italy.
Tomiyasu’s arrival from Bologna in the summer for a fee of £10.8m has proved to be a masterstroke. The right-back has not tasted defeat in the Premier League and his introduction into the side coincided with an improvement in form.
In his eight starts he has won six games and drawn just twice and such has been his seamless transition into Premier League, Mikel Arteta is targeting one of his old Bologna pals.
Midfielder Mattias Svanberg is currently impressing for in Serie A and is now a target for the Gunners. That’s according to Il Resto del Carlino,who also say Inter, Napoli, Milan are interested in the 22-year-old.
Like Tomiyasu, Svanberg is a man in form with two goals and an assist so far this season.
Svanberg has been capped by Sweden 13 times and featured in their 2-1 win over Uzbekistan in September. He did make the Euro 2020 squad but did not feature in any if the matches.
Bologna rate Svanberg highly and are desperately trying to extend his contract, which expires in 2023.
The source insist he “is a transfer market man for next summer”. But the club are hoping to agree a longer term deal to protect the player’s soaring value.
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As per the report, Bologna have agreed to extend the player’s contract for a year, to 30 June 2024. The club wanted a deal until 2025, but Svanberg’s representatives refused that. Instead he is expected to sign a one-year extension, which will see him double his current salary of €500,000 to €1m net, plus bonuses.
€15m price tag for Svanberg
There will also be no release clause in his deal. Both parties will be happy with the club immediately protecting his worth and Svanberg getting a big bump in wages.
Arteta is understood to be looking at Svanberg as he aims to give his midfield a boost. And the success of Tomiyasu at The Emirates will no doubt be a big plus for any deal for Svanberg.
Tomiyasu and Svanberg played alongside each other for two years in Italy and Arteta will no doubt be asking the Japan international for background information on Svanberg.
Inter Milan and AC Milan were touted as big suitors for Svanberg last month with transfermarketweb claiming the fee would be in the region of €15m.