Liverpool and Tottenham look set to lock horns yet again, after it emerged that both clubs are targeting Genoa central defender Andreas Granqvist. With £5m thought to be Genoa's asking price, talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight profiles the defender...
Name: Andreas Granqvist
Date of birth: 16 April, 1985
Birthplace: Paarp, Sweden
International appearances: 27 (Sweden)
What's the latest?
Granqvist has been linked with a host of clubs this year, including Roma, Zenit, Lazio, Liverpool and, most recently, Spurs, and if reports are to be believed, the two English clubs in particular are set to fight it our over him in January. Genoa don't appear keen to sell him any time soon, but it has been suggested that as little as £5m could be enough to convince them otherwise.
Did you know?
1) Granqvist started out at local team Paarps GIF, before being recruited by Helsingborgs to join their academy in 1999. By 2004 he had made his first team debut with the Allsvenskan side and within two years he had captained them to a Swedish Cup victory, his first major trophy.
2) In January 2007 the defender went on loan to Wigan Athletic for the rest of the season, and in July the Latics decided to make his move permanent. In the 2007/08 campaign he made 15 appearances, but decided to return to Helsingborgs on loan in an effort to keep his international career alive. A strong spell back in his homeland earned him a move to Groningen in Hollan.
3) In the Netherlands, Granqvist produced his best displays yet, particularly in front of goal, with the defender scoring several wonder strikes for the Dutch team. In three years with the side he scored 21 times, and after enhancing his reputation significantly while in the Eredivisie, Italian club Genoa agreed a fee of €2m for his services in 2011.
4) In the 2011/12 season, Granqvist played 21 games for Genoa in all competitions, while this season he has started 16 games for the Italian side, and is now a first choice pick in their back line.
5) Granqvist made his Sweden debut in 2006, and though he was in their Euro 2008 squad he failed to make an appearance. He scored his first goal for Sweden in 2010 against San Marino in a 6-0 win for his country. He appeared in all three of Sweden's games at Euro 2012, and most recently played in their Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired 4-0 drubbing of England in Stockholm.
“I would rule out his departure, it would be absurd for Genoa to lose a player of his calibre. I can't deny the interest of other teams in him, however.” Granqvist's agent Simone Caovi
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