Helsingborgs defender Andreas Ganqvist has confirmed Manchester United’s interest in his services and revealed he would be open to a transfer.
Hat tip to our friends at Caught Offside for reporting last week that the Reds have been lining up a potential swoop for the 33-year-old in January, as manager Jose Mourinho looks to shore things up at the back following a disappointing start to the season.
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For one of the tallest sides in the Premier League, which wasn’t the case before Mourinho took charge, we are nowhere near commanding enough in the air.
United have also conceded 14 goals in the first eight matches of the 2018/19 Premier League season, most recently shipping two goals against Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday before forcing an incredible comeback to win 3-2.
Mourinho went public about Ed Woodward’s failure to sign a centre-back in the summer.
Granqvist is a Sweden international and was one of their standout players during their run to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The no-nonsense defender could be a good addition for United with his leadership qualities, despite being on the wrong side of 30.
He admits he would accept a move to Old Trafford if the opportunity were to arise, as Expressen reports.
“There is indeed interest… This time there is a kernel of truth (to the transfer rumours),” Granqvist told reporters on Sunday.
“I am honoured that I am linked to such a large club, and if there is a concrete offer in January, then both the club and I will accept that, but that is currently not the case.”
The back-four is Mourinho’s biggest problem and Granqvist would add a wealth of experience to the entire squad. A strong figure is needed in the dressing room.
Watch this space…