Seattle Sounders stalwart wanted by Chinese Super League side

Seattle Sounders, Gustav Svensson #4 (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Seattle Sounders, Gustav Svensson #4 (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Seattle Sounders midfielder Gustav Svensson is being linked with a move to the Chinese Super League

Seattle Sounders’ Gustav Svensson could be on his way back to China in the off-season. The midfielder is on the radar of Guangzhou City, according to Chinese news outlet Titan Sports Plus on Twitter. The Sounders appear to be facing a battle to keep him at Lumen Field this winter.

Svensson, who is 33 years old, has been a key player in MLS over the past three years. He joined Seattle in 2017 and has since made 108 appearances, chipping in with seven goals and six assists in that time. He helped the Sounders win the MLS Cup in 2019 but could now be on his way out.

He played for Guangzhou City in 2016 and joined them on a three-year contract. However, he stayed in the Chinese Super League for just a year before Seattle signed him. He could now be handed a second chance at Guangzhou. They finished 11th last season and are currently the home to ex-Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Dembele.

Svensson is a vastly experienced player and has racked up over 400 games in his career to date. Prior to his move to America, he started out in his native Sweden with a spell as a youngster at IFK Göteborg before switching to Turkey in 2010 for a two-year stint at Bursaspor.

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He then had a stint in Ukraine at SC Tavriya Simferopol before returning for a second spell back home at Göteborg. The tough-tackling midfielder has since found a second home at Seattle but is now being linked with a move back to China. This is a story to keep an eye on over the coming weeks.