Sweden international Andreas Granqvist has confirmed that Manchester United have shown interest in signing him ahead of the January transfer window.
Granqvist played a starring role as he captained Sweden during their run to the World Cup quarter-finals over the summer, but currently plies his trade in the second tier of Swedish football with Helsingborg.
The 33-year-old colossus, who stands at 6ft 4in [Transfermarkt], has now claimed that the Red Devils have contacted his agent about signing him amid their current problems in defence.
Speaking to Aftonbladet, he was asked if he had been contacted by United, and said: “For sure. You can call [my agent] Martin Dahlin, you have his number, hear what he says.”
Granqvist also expressed his pride at being linked to such a big club, but admitted he was not sure whether United wanted to bring him in for the short or long-term, saying: “I do not know what it’s all about, whether it’s a loan or a longer contract. As long as I have not gotten anything concrete it’s hard to speculate.”
This would be a strange move from Man United to say the very least. Granqvist is an experienced operator, and has the size to compete in the Premier League, but for such a high-level team to make a move for a 33-year-old player in the Swedish second division would be almost unheard of.
Yes, he had an impressive World Cup campaign for Sweden playing alongside United centre-back Victor Lindelof, but Lindelof can’t even get in the team at the moment.
Granqvist actually has previous experience in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic, but the big Swede managed just 14 games in the division during his time at the club.
Since then he has plied his trade in Russia, Italy, and the Netherlands, and there is little to suggest he could hack it at this level anymore.
The only move which would make any kind of sense for the Red Devils here would be a short-term loan until the end of the season in an attempt to shore up their defence before moving for other targets in the summer window.