After starring at the recent Under-17 World Cup in United Arab Erimates, where he was top scorer with seven goals as Sweden finished third, Valmir Berisha has been dubbed 'The New Ibrahimovic' and attracted attention from clubs all over Europe.
Berisha had actually put the number of interested clubs at between 30 and 35, with Sunderland mentioned amongst the clubs who had shown the greatest interest in signing the 17-year-old, along with Celtic, Ajax, Milan, Tottenham and Liverpool.
However, in a recent interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Berisha admitted that he had held talks with Sunderland;
I've looked at, for example, Sunderland and it could be a club that suits me, I'll be honest. I've talked to them too.
They say it does not matter how old you are, if you play well, then you get to play.
He went on to explain that the possibility of playing in the Under-21 Premier League wouldn't faze him;
Under-21 in England is not bad. I played Under-19 in HBK [Halmstad Bollkulbb] and have not complained about it. The name of the club does not matter if I'll be honest, the club that really wants to invest in me, I intend to go to.
There will be intense competition for Berisha, with the player recently rejecting the chance to go on trial at Arsenal and Manchester United, and Juventus, Sevilla, Villarreal, Inter Milan, Hannover, Werder Bremen, Borussia Monchengladbach, as well as his 'dream club' Real Madrid, recently joining the hunt for the prolific youngster.
With his contract at Halmstads recently expiring, a decision on his future is due and the player thinks that will come before January;
In late December, I said. I originally said the middle, but now it became tougher, haha.