Blackburn Rovers Face Scottish Competition For £600K-Rated Sensation

Blackburn Rovers are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer and have been keeping tabs on a rising star in Denmark, according to the latest reports.

Leo Wahlstedt recently left Ewood Park after just one year with the club following his arrival 12 months ago from Odd Ballklubb in Norway. The Sweden international has since joined Danish Superliga side Aarhus, where now-Birmingham City goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell spent last season on loan from Burnley. It is unknown how much the Lancashire outfit received from Wahlstedt’s sale but it has been reported that the board managed to recoup the six-figure fee spent on him last year.

Wahlstedt was Rovers’ first-choice goalkeeper in the first half of the previous campaign when Jon Dahl Tomasson was in charge but quickly fell out of favour towards the end of the Dane’s tenure. He subsequently made merely two league appearances under John Eustace before eventually leaving the club last week.

While Aynsley Pears became Eustace’s primary option between the sticks, Blackburn Rovers are still keen to replace the Swede in the first-team squad. One name linked with a move to the former Premier League champions is the ex-Luton Town and Newcastle United shot-stopper Tim Krul.

However, a new name has cropped up in the foreign press. Danish outlet Bold, via the Daily Record, have revealed that Blackburn are interested in signing Copenhagen’s 19-year-old teenage sensation Theo Sander, who has already made a senior appearance during his brief spell with the Scandinavian giants. Furthermore, the publication has revealed that Scottish side Hibernian are also in the running for the youngster.

Sander currently boasts a market value of just under £600,000, as per Transfermarkt, but Copenhagen are only willing to send him out on a season-long loan to earn regular minutes.

Writer’s View

Bold have stated that Copenhagen’s decision on which club to send their rising star on loan this summer will boil down to who can offer him the most game-time and allow him to be a first-choice goalkeeper. Perhaps Eustace feels that Sander can replace Pears in the team.

Pears did a respectable job last season at Blackburn Rovers but the odd mistake was still quite prevalent, most memorably in a game against Sheffield Wednesday in which Eustace’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat at home. Maybe the manager sees the goalkeeper position as an area that needs strengthening before the 2024/25 campaign commences.

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