Rugged 2018 World Cup defender confirm January transfer talks to Man Utd

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In what will come as a huge and surprise transfer boost for the fans, Helsingborgs IF defender Andreas Granqvist has confirmed that his agent has held talks with Manchester United over a potential move in the January transfer window.

Under-fire Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign a central defender in the summer, with big names such as Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Diego Godin and Jerome Boateng all considered by the tactician.

However, United’s chief Ed Woodward refused to sanction the funds required for Mourinho’s top targets and the Portuguese made his frustrations towards the executive vice-chairman known.

This has seen the Red Devils concede 16 goals already in the Premier League this term – the highest number in the top 15 of the table – and Mourinho is scouring the market for centre-backs once again.

Granqvist, 33, who captained Sweden at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, has emerged as a possible target and lifted the lid on United’s interest.

‘There is indeed interest. This time there is a kernel of truth [to the reports],’ he told Aftonbladet.

‘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.’

Asked if there had been contact with United, Granqvist responded: ‘For sure. You can call Martin Dahlin, you have his number, and hear what he says.’

On whether he had personally spoken with Mourinho, Granqvist replied: ‘No, not to me yet personally.’

The Swede admitted earlier this month that he was ‘flattered’ with the interest from United. ‘I know that there is a lot of interest for me,’ he said.

‘United is incredibly flattering but I have not heard anything concrete yet.’

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