Sweden international Emil Forsberg has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. The 26-year-old recently helped his country qualify for the World Cup after a 12-year absence.
A recent report from The Mail suggested that Jose Mourinho was keeping a close watch on the performance of Emil Forsberg during Sweden’s 1-0 win over Italy in the first leg of the World Cup playoff, where he was adjudged the man of the match.
Sweden managed to hold Italy to a 0-0 draw in the second leg to assure their progress to the World Cup finals, and shortly after, Forsberg appeared to dismiss the speculation by citing that his focus is on RB Leipzig, he told The Bild: “I also read that in the papers. My focus is on RB.”
Forsberg helped the controversial German outfit secure their maiden promotion to the Bundesliga during the 2015/16 season, and they managed to surprise everyone by finishing only behind Bayern Munich in the standings.
The Swede was one of the leading performers at the Red Bull Arena, as he contributed 19 assists in just 30 Bundesliga matches – ranking him as the best assist-maker in Europe last season.
While Mourinho and United are still keeping tabs on the former Malmo man, ESPN reports that Forsberg shares the same agent (Hasan Cetinkaya) as compatriot Victor Lindelof, and the club could yet utilise the links in order to lure him to Old Trafford in the future.