Arsenal could repeat their Takehiro Tomiyasu masterstroke next summer if they sign the right-back’s former team-mate Mattias Svanberg. Svanberg is currently impressing for Bologna in Serie A.
Mikel Arteta appeared to strike gold when he persuaded Tomiyasu to quit the Italian league and move to north London at the end of the summer transfer window.
The defender joined a team which was rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table after suffering three defeats in August.
But Tomiyasu’s arrival has coincided with Arsenal’s upturn in fortunes.
The 23-year-old was thrown straight into the Gunners line-up following his arrival in England as his side claimed their first league win of the season against Norwich in September.
That run has seen Arteta’s men win six times and move to fifth in the Premier League table, just two points off the top four.
And Tomiyasu’s former team-mate Svanberg has become a key player at the heart of the Bologna midfield and is now a target for Arsenal, according to Il Resto del Carlino.
But the north Londoners face stiff competition to land the player, with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Napoli all reportedly vying for his signature as well.
Svanberg’s contract in Italy expires in 2023, but the midfielder has apparently agreed to sign a new deal to extend his stay at the club by a year.
So Arteta will have to be quick if he is to hijack Bologna’s plans and bring the player to England.
And, according to Transfermarkt, the Gunners may have to shell out £10.8million if they are to agree a deal for the player.
The 22-year-old has made 99 appearances for Bologna since joining the club from Malmo three years ago.
This season he has started 10 of his team’s 12 Serie A games, with Bologna just four points off the Champions League places.
He has found the back of the net twice this season and his goal and assist against Sampdoria on Sunday helped Bologna secure their fifth win of the season.
Svanberg has also won 13 caps for Sweden and was part of his country’s squad for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, although he didn’t make it onto the pitch.
Tomiyasu and Svanberg played alongside each other for two years in Italy and the Japan international will surely try to persuade the player to move to England if the duo’s paths cross before the end of the campaign.
But Arsenal will have to wait until at least January if they are to secure the player’s services.
Before the New Year, they will be focusing their attentions on moving into the Premier League top-four during a busy festive period.