Leeds United may have to part with just £1.7million to bring Sweden U21 goalkeeper Noel Tornqvist to the Championship from Mjallby AIF.
This is according to TipsbladetThere is speculation that the talented young goalkeeper is growing almost every day before the winter window.
Leeds United recently sent scouts to monitor Noel Tornqvist in person. Mjallby’s sporting director Hasse Larsson then apparently confirmed Elland Road’s “interest”. A number of Italian clubs have also been monitoring Tornqvist. The same goes for a Copenhagen club who have already agreed to sell former Liverpool youngster Kamil Grabara to Wolfsburg for almost £12m and are looking for a replacement.
Leeds United like Noel Tornqvist
Tipsbladet reports that clubs from at least three different countries are threatening to spark a bidding war. Mjällby hopes that Tornqvist will soon become the biggest export hit in its history.
But fear not, Leeds United fans. Mjällby is not a club that is used to strokes of luck. £1.7m is potentially enough to secure Tornqvist’s services.
The 21-year-old Tornqvist broke into the Mjällby team a year ago. He now has three caps for Sweden at U21 level.
Should Tornqvist move to Elland Road, this 6ft 2in giant of a goalkeeper would likely act as an understudy to Ilan Meslier and a potential long-term replacement for the much-admired Frenchman.
Interestingly, Tornqvist is not a new name on Leeds’ radar either.
The Swedish goalkeeper turned down Leeds six years ago
Speak with Varlden Inag Tornqivst recently admitted he was offered a trial in Yorkshire six years ago. He chose to stay in Scandinavia at the time as he felt it would boost his hopes of playing professional football.
“When I was 15 years old, I was invited to a trial with Leeds in England,” explains Tornqvist. “I am a family person. Now I can look back and realize that it was probably the right decision for me.”
However, should Leeds pick up where they left off in the new year, Tornqvist could make a very different decision this time around.
“I grew up watching the English Premier League, with games on Saturdays at four o’clock (Swedish time). The atmosphere in the English arenas is something very special. Reaching one of the top five leagues in Europe… that’s probably my biggest dream.”
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