Stoke City: Potters make inquiry about Blackburn and Sweden's Martin Olsson
STOKE City have made an inquiry about Blackburn Rovers’ left-sided player Martin Olsson, The Sentinel understands.
The 24-year-old, who can play at left-back or on the left wing, has made it clear he doesn’t want to stay in the Championship following Blackburn’s relegation.
However, Olsson has three-years left on his contract at Ewood Park and Rovers have already turned down a £1.5m bid from abroad for the Sweden international.
They are believed to rate Olsson at around £4m, but that figure is likely to discourage the Potters.
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His reputation as a player who is more comfortable going forward than defending, suggests City are more likely to be looking at him as a left-sided midfielder.
Olsson started all three of Sweden’s games at the European Championships, including their dramatic 3-2 defeat to England.
His agent, former Sweden international striker Martin Dahlin, said: “The interest is big in Martin. A couple of big Premier League clubs are chasing him.”
Stoke need cover on the flanks, having suffered last year when Matthew Etherington’s form dipped and Jermaine Pennant was out of favour following some off-field issues.
They are also monitoring Wolves wide-man Matthew Jarvis, who is right-footed but plays predominantly on the left wing.
However, Jarvis has three years left on his contract and Wolves have warned off potential suitors by valuing the 26-year old at £10m.
STOKE have announced an August 10 pre-season friendly in Bavaria against Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Furth.
The game against the newly-promoted team takes place at the 15,500-capacity Trolli Arena and will complete Stoke’s pre-season fixtures. The Stoke players report back for pre-season training next Thursday.