At midnight last night the international transfer window closed shut and thus ended the pillaging of Swedish football for at least another five months. Whenever a transfer window opens up, the Allsvenskan sees its best players pouched by clubs in Holland, Germany and England, and more recently Denmark and Norway too.
This year AIK were the biggest victims, losing the core of their premiership winning side. Iván Obolo returned to his native Argentina, Jos Hooiveld was sold to Glasgow Celtic for £2 million; Goalkeeper Daniel Örlund is now at Rosenborg BK, while out of contract Markus Jonsson is currently off selling himself around Europe and will likely sign for a Greek or Turkish club soon.
Brommapojkarna’s Philip Haglund was bought by Dutch side Heerenveen, and Helsingborg’s Andreas Landgren went to Udinese. But on a brighter note, other promising young Swedes, Malmö’s Guillermo Molins and Elfsborg’s Emir Bajrami, have remained.
None of these deals are particularly surprising. Ivan Obolo was being linked to other clubs before the season even started. In fact the only unexpected news is about a player who didn’t get sold: Gais’ Wanderson do Carmo. He was the competition’s equal highest goal scorer and arguably the player of the year. He wants to leave Gais. Gais are desperately poor: they want to sell. If rumours are to be believed there are no shortage of clubs interested, including Ajax, Feyenoord, and most unbelievably Chelsea. (Although I personally find his last one highly dubious.) And yet, despite these prime selling conditions, no sale took place and as I write this Wanderson is still a Gaisare.
A last minute deal with Feyenoord feel through due to the club’s financial problems, and no other offers were forth coming before deadline. As this is Sweden’s preseason, their transfer window will remain open until the end of March. The only other leagues that will continue trading are those whose seasons also run through the summer: Russia, Norway, Finland and Iceland. In the next two months Swedish clubs can continue to trade with one another and amongst clubs from the above four countries. If Wanderson does leave Gais before July, when the next window opens up, at this stage it is most likely to be to Russia, Norway or the Middle East.