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Saints Reach Agreement On Next New Signing
Thursday, 23rd Jun 2022 14:23

According to Corriere dello Sport an Italian media outlet, Saints have agreed personal terms with the player that they want to be the next summer signing, all that now needs to be tied up is the transfer fee.

The name of Saints next new signing if the press in Italy are correct won't be a surprise to anyone following this site, it is Bologna's Mattias Svanberg.

Svanberg is said to have agreed and shaken hands on a contract with Saints and now all that needs to be tied up is the transfer fee with Bologna.

The Danish midfielder is described by some in Italy as one of the top number 8’s in Europe, he was a mainstay for Bologna in 2021/22 – playing the sixth-most Serie A minutes out of anyone in their squad.

A central midfielder his arrival could herald a new formation for Ralph Hasenhuttl, the Austrian has usually played with only two central midfielders, but Svanberg's arrival could prompt a revamp and a return to playing with 3.

The Swede could sit in front of both James Ward Prowse and Oriol Romeu and provide options both going forward and defensively, a third man in the centre would free up time for JWP to be more active in the creative department, at times this season he has been pinned back and had to roll up his sleeves and work, that has meant less time on the ball for him and we haven't been able to utilise his ability to pass the ball as much as we should.

That could all change is Svanberg arrives at St Mary's

With only a year left on his contract Bologna are resigned to losing him this summer with a transfer fee likely to be between £10-12 million.

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Satyuga added 14:44 - Jun 23
Svensk ?

felly1 added 14:51 - Jun 23
Always loved the 4-3-3 formation under Poch mainly but I believe Koeman played it as well.
If this happens and we do play 3 in the middle, I think this may go some way to resolving our shockingly bad openness at the back when we lose the ball the attacking third.

stedje added 14:57 - Jun 23
Svanberg is Swedish

EGSaint added 15:31 - Jun 23
Maybe a Ward Prowse replacement?

DellBoyWally added 15:49 - Jun 23
4-3-1-2? Play StueyA at number 10, his best, and favoured, position

Dellwizard added 15:56 - Jun 23
With our two central defenders making the most interceptions in the Premier league this season, this indicates that the ball is too easily played through our midfield at the moment. So this deal makes perfect sense in making our defensive play more solid and creating more going forward.

dirk_doone added 16:17 - Jun 23
To be fair, many people thought Che Adams was English.

stmichael added 16:21 - Jun 23
Happy with this one 👍

highfield49 added 16:22 - Jun 23
I hope this transfer gets finalised quickly, I've got a feeling that we are about to sign a top class player for not a lot of money. Next season is looking a lot more promising than it was a couple of weeks ago.

Penger added 17:25 - Jun 23
I can deal with all the constant typos on this page but come on do the research, Svanberg is Swedish

JoeEgg added 17:39 - Jun 23
Mattias Svanberg. Lets score the first hatrick of the season. The guy is Swedish!

Satyuga added 06:19 - Jun 24
Actually 4th Joe Egg

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