Capped 27 times by Sweden, Forsberg was a prominent member of the Leipzig team which surprised European football by finishing runners-up in the Bundesliga last season.
The midfield maestro recorded 19 assists and chipped in 8 goals in the club’s meteroic, if controversial, rise through the German ranks. Funded by drinks conglomerate, Red Bull, whose unashamed spending on wages and transfer fees caused resentment among rival teams’ supporters.
Liverpool enquired about the Swede previously this summer but Arsenal are heading the queue, with Leipzig’s valuation of £30m or more unlikely to bother the cash-rich Gunners.
Leipzig hold all the cards; Forsberg’s contract runs until 2021 and the club is not minded to sell. According to his agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, the club “will have to live with the fact that they are destroying his dreams.”
Both he and his client informed the club of his desire to move on, to fulfil his ambitions but, accorfing to Cetinkaya, Leipzig are unmoved. With wealthy backers, there is no financial necessity for the club to sell and in this instance, there’s always the possibility that a new contract with a wage hike, may soothe Forsberg’s ruffled feathers.