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Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils linked with shock January move for Andreas Granqvist


Manchester United have been linked with a shock January move for Sweden international Andreas Granqvist.

Granqvist, the defender, is best known in England for his dreadful one-season stay at Wigan in 2007/08, when he played just 16 times for the Latics.

Granqvist spent a less than impressive season at Wigan over a decade ago

He has built a respectable career since then, playing for Groningen of the Netherlands, Italian side Genoa and Krasnodar, the Russian side, and it was Granqvist who replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Sweden captain after the former Man United forward retired from international duty in 2016.

The 33-year-old skippered his country at this summer’s World Cup, scoring two goals as Sweden made it to the quarter-finals, where they lost to England.

Granqvist captained Sweden during their impressive World Cup run

Granqvist left Krasnodar for Helsingborg in July, but Fotboll Direkt say he could be on the move again in January with United keeping tabs on the centre-back.


It is reported United could make a move to bring in Granqvist on a short-term loan deal, signing him from January until March, when the Swedish league campaign starts again after its off-season break.

This is the same type of deal that took Henrik Larsson from Helsingborg to Old Trafford back in 2007.

Henrik Larsson (Helsinborgs to Manchester United) – Aged 35
Larsson became a Man United cult hero despite his short stay at Old Trafford

There is also interest in Granqvist from Zenit Saint Petersburg and Lokomotiv Moscow, who want to take him back to Russia, and the defender has reacted to the transfer reports.

“I know there’s a lot of interest in me,” he said. “United is very flattering, but I have not heard anything concrete.”

At the World Cup, Granqvist played in Sweden’s defence alongside current Man United player Victor Lindelof.

 

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