Arsenal Women are interested in reuniting Jonas Eidevall with Swedish midfielder Elin Rubensson, while four WSL clubs have to shelve plans to sign a coveted Norwegian forward – all in Saturday’s Women’s Transfer News.
EIDEVALL SEEKS RUBENSSON REUNION AT ARSENAL
Arsenal are preparing an offer to test the resolve of BK Hacken for their midfielder Elin Rubensson, according to reports in Sweden.
Manager Jonas Eidevall has recently confirmed Arsenal remain ‘active’ in the transfer window, which is open for WSL clubs until September 14. One of the roles he wants to reinforce is at right-back.
Although primarily a midfielder, Rubensson can also operate in that position, which could make her an appealing target. Furthermore, Eidevall has worked with her before at Malmo (now known as Rosengard).
Writing for The Guardian this summer during the Women’s World Cup, Eidevall said of Rubensson: “Elin has always been full of game intelligence but now shows real maturity.”
Now, Expressen claims Eidevall wants to reunite with Rubensson at Arsenal, who are said to have a ‘concrete’ interest in the 30-year-old.
However, Hacken still have her under contract until 2025. Besides, the Swedish transfer window is closed, so they would not be able to immediately replace her.
Even so, Arsenal seem ready to try their luck for the vastly experienced Sweden international, who has admitted recently she would be interested in testing herself in a new country.
Various clubs in the WSL have been keeping tabs on her. According to Expressen, Arsenal’s rivals from across north London, Tottenham, have also added her to their shortlist.
The problem for Spurs is that Arsenal are more inclined to spend notable sums on players, which may give them an advantage given that Hacken will be holding out for the best deal possible.
FOUR WSL SUITORS MADE TO WAIT FOR JOSENDAL
Despite being linked with four WSL clubs, Anna Josendal is staying with Rosenborg until the end of the year.
That’s according to her agent, who has told Discovery that she will be seeing out her contract after her suitors failed to agree upon her valuation this summer.
In January, Josendal will be able to move on a free transfer instead, which is now the expected arrangement.
When TV2 revealed there were four suitors in the WSL back in July, there was an expectation that the Norwegian forward would be on the move.
There have been some suggestions that Liverpool may have been among the suitors for Josendal, having also signed her compatriot Sophie Roman Haug. However, TV2 never disclosed the names of the four suitors.
Any of them will be able to sign her up on a free in the winter if their interest persists. For the time being, though, she will focus on concluding her Rosenborg career.
NEW SIGNINGS FOR VILLA, LEICESTER
WSL clubs Aston Villa and Leicester City both announced new signings on Friday.
Ebony Salmon has re-joined Villa on a three-year contract, while Leicester have welcomed Deanne Rose to the club.
Salmon previously came through the ranks at Villa, before going on to represent clubs like Bristol City and Houston Dash. She was also on the books at Manchester United before, but never played for them.
Welcome back to Aston Villa, @ebony_salmon! ⭐
— Aston Villa Women (@AVWFCOfficial) September 8, 2023
The 22-year-old will bring “pace, power and the ability to change a game,” according to Villa manager Carla Ward.
Meanwhile, Leicester have acquired 24-year-old forward Rose from Reading on a free transfer. Her contract will last for two years.
The Canada international said: “This league is the best in the world and I’m excited to be a part of it. This is a historic club, and the team is growing and building for the future.”