Report: Spurs interest is making club’s contract talks with midfielder complicated

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The print edition of Gazzetta dello Sport (as relayed by Sport Witness) has claimed that Bologna are trying to renew the contract of midfielder Mattias Svanberg amidst interest from Tottenham Hotspur. 

Svanberg has established himself as a regular in Bologna’s midfield over the past two years and the 22-year-old is having another solid campaign for the Serie A club.

Inews reported two weeks ago that the central midfielder is a January target for Spurs, with the club’s managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, having previously tried to take him to Juventus.

This was then backed up by Corriere di Bologna, who suggested that Spurs had already ‘enquired’ about the Sweden international, with Paratici and Antonio Conte both alleged to be fans of the player.

Gazzetta have now revealed that Bologna are in talks with the Svanberg over a new contract. His current deal runs out in the summer of 2023 and it is explained that the Serie A club are making progress in their attempts to tie the player down.

However, Spurs’ interest in Svanberg is apparently making the negotiations more complicated than expected for Bologna.

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I do not expect Spurs to move for a central midfielder in January, particularly given how well Winks has done over the last few weeks. A forward and left-centre-back will likely be bigger priorities for Conte next month.

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