Football is a sport of self-confidence and you need that to claim Manchester United want to sign you at 33-years-old.
Never let it be said Andreas Granqvist lacks confidence. “There is indeed interest,” is how he answered the question of rumours claiming his in his way to Old Trafford.
The Helsingborg centre-back reportedly told local newspaper Expressen that he is to be “linked with such a big club,” with the Daily Mirror further claiming the Sweden international is being lined up for a loan deal come January.
For a board which proved reluctant to back the manager in the summer, a temporary deal may suit the Manchester United hierarchy more than a permanent transfer.
Granqvist is determined to take the opportunity should it arise and expects Helsingborg not to stand in his way.
“If there is a concrete offer in January, then both the club and I will accept that,” he said confidently. There was, however, a proviso; “But that is currently not the case.”
It will be a return to the Premier League if Granqvist does sign. He spent a year at Wigan Athletic in 2007 before heading to Groningen via a loan spell with Helsingborg.
Di Röe figure large in his career; he’s currently in his third spell at the club via Genoa and Krasnodar.