Bolton are set to lose record signing Johan Elmander to Galatasaray on a free transfer after the Turkish club announced that they had an agreement in principle with the Swedish star. The Trotters purchased Elmander for a club record £11m from French club Toulouse FC in 2008 on a three year deal but dilly dallied on offering him a new contract after his poor performances in his first two seasons at the Reebok.
Elmander however flourished in his last season under Owen Coyle, and scored some excellent goals, including a stunning solo effort against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Coyle however has refuted allegations saying that Bolton had missed a trick by allowing their record signing to leave on a free. This is what Coyle had to say regarding Elmander’s transfer.
“You can understand from the club’s point of view that, prior to this season, they were not in a hurry to offer Johan the equivalent of what he is on now.
“Coming into the club, he was on a fantastic wage. That put the club in a difficult position. But when he comes in and hits form for us, like he did this season, he is in the last year of his contract and is in a strong bargaining position. That is the nature of football.
“The chairman has spoken to him a couple of times and never got great encouragement.
“We were told they would revisit it in the summer. That told us everything we needed to know.”
Elmander is expected to play his last game for Bolton against Manchester City on Sunday ( May 22, 2011) before jetting off to Turkey and joining new Gala coach Fatih Terim. Terim has also decided to acquire Elmander’s Swedish compatriot Kim Kallstrom.