Martin Olsson has completed his transfer to Swansea City, the Canaries have announced.
Olsson, 28 has signed a two and a half year deal (with option of another year) at the Liberty Stadium as he joins new boss, Paul Clement as he attempts to keep the Swans in the Premier League.
Swansea currently sit rock bottom of the table on 15 points from 21 games although it’s tight down there with 17th placed Crystal Palace just one point better off.
Swansea have been pretty poor this season and have placed their trust in an untested manager, whose only previous managerial experience was at Derby last season where he was expected to challenge for promotion – he didn’t and got sacked. He has of course been assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, so he knows what it takes.
Olsson has clearly taken a gamble here but could easily end up back in the Championship again next season. We’ll see.
The fee is a reported £4.5m although as ever, Norwich describe it as ‘undisclosed.’
My feeling is that the fee isn’t exactly terrible for Olsson considering that he was on the verge of leaving for nothing in the summer or a knockdown price in January, prior to signing that one year contract extension. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if he was promised a move if he signed the new contract, knowing that there were already suitors who’d made contact with the club.
It looks that way to me, anyway.
The priority now is to sign a left back. Robbie Brady can fill in but seems unlikely to still be at the club come February 1st. Assuming he does go, we simply must sign a left full back because Steven Whittaker is never the answer – whatever the question.