AZ reportedly paid 2.5 million euros for Jesper Karlsson on Friday. The Swedish striker will sign in Alkmaar until mid-2025.
Karlsson must ensure healthy competition
AZ had been working for a long time to attract the two-time international of Sweden. “It took a long time, but now it is finished. I am very happy,” says Karlsson on the website of THE.
“This transfer means a lot to me, because as a child I dreamed of playing outside of Sweden. Now that dream is coming true.”
The 22-year-old Karlsson is not coming directly to the Netherlands yet. He will play the top match against Djurgardens with his club Elfsborg on Saturday and may also participate in the three other league matches in this month. He reports in Alkmaar no later than 28 September.
As a result, the attacker misses the game in the Champions League preliminary round of AZ against Dynamo Kiev next Tuesday and probably also the first league matches with PEC Zwolle (September 19) and Fortuna Sittard (September 26).
AZ sees the attacker, who scored nine goals and provided four assists this season, mainly as a reinforcement for the future. “Jesper is a creative player with scoring ability,” said Max Huiberts, director of football affairs.
“We are therefore very happy that we were able to sign him for five years. He has shown in Sweden at his club and the national teams that he can handle the level very well. Jesper will put the pressure on our current attackers. Healthy competition. is always good. “