Report: Serie A side Atalanta interested in Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson

Thomas Manfredini free kick for Atalanta

The Swedish international's future appears to be up in the air.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has admitted in recent weeks that players may need to depart the Stadium of Light this month, as well as those coming in.

Liam Bridcutt has already joined Leeds United on loan whilst other names such as Will Buckley, Danny Graham and Costel Pantilimon seem to be up for grabs.

Another might be Sebastian Larsson.

The Sweden international, who has 80 caps for his country, is soon to return from a knee injury, as reported by the Sunderland Echo, but has struggled for regular first-team football this season. He has only started five Premier League games this term and his place in the Sunderland XI is certainly under threat.

With his place in the Sweden team for the European Championships seemignly under threat he will want assurances over first-team football going forward.

Now it is being tentatively reported by Italian site Tutto Mercato Web that Serie A side Atalanta are also keen on the player.

Larsson would be their only Swedish player to date but wuld hopefully give him assurances of regular game time.

Of course it seems an odd rumour. Larsson is likely to remain in Sunderland for now considering his injury rehabilitation is only just coming to an end.

With that in mind, if he were to depart Sunderland, he would more than likely remain in England on loan as he recuperates from his injury setback.

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