Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg is set to move to the Premier League with Southampton interested, so how have their recent Serie A arrivals fared at St Mary’s?
Svanberg has enjoyed four productive seasons in Italy since leaving Malmö to test himself in a new environment in 2018. The 23-year-old quickly established a key first-team presence at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara and made 123 appearances. in all competitions.
Boss Sinisa Mihajlovic unleashed Svanberg in 36 league games last season for his best tally in a season so far. It also saw the 21-cap Swedish star produce his most creative campaign yet with three assists. Svanberg has scored his most goals in a term with five in 2020/21.
Svanberg closing in on Premier League move with Southampton interested
Svanberg’s performances as Bologna finished the Serie A season in 13th place now has Southampton interested in sealing his transfer. Calciomercato report that Ralph Hasenhuttl is ready to spend €10m (£8.5m) to bring the Swede to the south coast of England, with a much-anticipated sale.
Scudetto winners AC Milan have explored securing Svanberg’s services in the past. But the Malmö-born technician is getting closer and closer to leaving Emilia-Romagna for the Premier League. He also admitted recently that he “can imagine trying something new”.
Bologna may have to sell Svanberg amid interest from Southampton this summer as the central midfielder runs out of contract next year. The Rossoblu star, however, hopes to enjoy a more productive St Mary spell than some of the Saints’ recent Serie A imports.
Lyanco is Southampton’s latest Serie A signing amid Svanberg interest
Hasenhuttl secured Southampton’s most recent Serie A signing last year with Lyanco with Svanberg now potentially following. Saints bought the centre-back from Turin for £6.5million in August, but the Brazilian would make just 15 Premier League outings last season.
Lyanco had to wait until October to make his debut in the English top flight as a late substitute at Watford. He made further cameos against Aston Villa and Norwich City before a first start against Liverpool in November as well. Six of his 15 league appearances have come off the bench.
Hoedt jumped from Roma to Southampton in 2017 with the departure of Lazio
Wesley Hoedt jumped from Roma to Southampton in August 2017 after securing a £15million transfer from Lazio. The centre-back signed a five-year deal with Saints but made his last appearance for the club in November 2018 before a series of loan transfers.
RSC Anderlecht ended the St Mary’s defender nightmare last June after just 45 appearances for Southampton. He spent time on loan at Celta Vigo and Royal Antwerp in 2019 until the summer of 2020, while returning to Lazio for the 2020/21 season.
Southampton broke club record for securing Lemina transfer in 2017
Southampton broke their club spending record to sign Mario Lemina from Juventus in August 2017 for £16m plus an additional £2m. The Gabonese midfielder had won Serie A twice in two years in Turin and also featured in the 2017 Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Lemina made 52 appearances for Southampton during his two seasons at St Mary’s, before joining Galatasaray and Fulham on loan. Nice ended his career with the Saints for good last year for €4m (£3.5m) plus €2.5m (£2m) in bonuses, for which he played 36 games.
Gabbiadini has sealed a dream Premier League transfer with Southampton
Napoli star Manolo Gabbiadini joined Southampton in February 2017 and hailed the move for fulfilling a fantasy. He said, via BBC Sport: “One of my dreams was to play in one of the biggest leagues in the world. So now that that’s happening I can’t wait to start playing.
But the £14m signing from Saints left to return to Italy with current club Sampdoria in January 2019 for £11m. The 11-cap Italian striker enjoyed a prolific start at St Mary’s with four goals in his first three Premier League appearances, but scored just six more in his next 48 outings.
Southampton have terminated Inter Milan’s Taider loan after a month
Southampton signed Saphir Taider on loan from Inter Milan in August 2014. Yet the Algerian midfielder only spent a month on the south coast before the Saints ended the deal.
Taider hasn’t featured in any competitive matches during his time at St Mary’s, with his only friendly outing coming with Bayer Leverkusen. The 46-cap international instead spent the 2014/15 season at Sassuolo, before moving on to Bologna and Montreal, as well as Saudi second division side Al-Ain.
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