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Sweden’s Elmander signs for Bolton

Sweden international striker Johan Elmander has signed a three-year contract with English Premiership club Bolton for an undisclosed fee, it was revealed on Friday.

Bolton boss Gary Megson had been after the Toulouse front man since the start of the year and is rumoured to have paid a club record £10 million ($19.9 million), beating the previous mark in purchasing French striker Nicolas Anelka from Fenerbahce.

Megson had been tracking Elmander as a replacement for Anelka after the Frenchman was sold to Chelsea in the January transfer window.

Elmander joined Toulouse in 2006 in a move from Danish Brondby. He played 59 games for the French club, scoring 22 goals.

Elmander was a regular starter for the Sweden team in the qualifying campaign for Euro 2008 but lost his place to the returning Henrik Larsson alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Swedish attack. He started two games on the right-side of midfield as a replacement for the injured Christian Wilhelmsson.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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