Mourinho monitors Forsberg

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Jose Mourinho is keeping close tabs on transfer target Emil Forsberg.

The Portuguese manager of Manchester United was in attendance for Sweden’s narrow 1-0 win over Italy in the World Cup playoffs. And he has every reason to be delighted with what he saw, as transfer target Emil Forsberg picked up Man of the Match following an impressive display.

Sweden’s number 10 has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for quite some time now and Mourinho continues to monitor Leipzig’s midfielder. The 26-year-old played a vital role in the German’s team ascension, helping them finish the Bundesliga season second, ahead of Borussia Dortmund, and qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their short history.

RB Leipzig were only founded in 2009, but their ambitions have taken them a long way. They are also far from just a one-hit wonder, continuing their good performances into this season as well. They are currently second in Bundesliga and they showed a good form in Europe as well. Leipzig’s success has attracted attention and major clubs around Europe are monitoring their players. Central midfielder Naby Keita has already been bought by Liverpool, but will only move to Anfield Road at the end of the season.

Manchester United’s target, Emil Forsberg, started his professional career in Sweden, at GIF Sundsvall, where he got his first senior appearance at the age of 18. This was in 2009, when RB Leipzig were only starting up. Forsberg helped his local team achieve promotion in 2011, scoring 11 goals in 27 matches to take them to the top tier of Swedish football. In December 2012, Forsberg move to Malmo, where he helped the team win the title in his first season there. He also contributed to his team’s successful title defence one season later.

In January 2015, Emil Forbserg moved to RB Leipzig, helping his new team reach promotion at the end of that season. It was the first time Leipzig would be playing in Bundesliga and they amazed the football world with their second-placed finish that earned them Champions League qualification.

At the national team level, Forsberg won his first cap in 2014, for Sweden’s friendly with Moldova. Since then, he played 32 times for his national team, scoring six goals.