21/02/2024

Charlotte Grant could be joining the WSL very soon. (Photo: CommBank Matildas)

A three-club race has reportedly emerged to sign Matildas defender Charlotte Grant following her departure from Vittsjö GIK in the Damallsvenskan.

The 22-year-old is officially without a club at the moment after her former club’s sports director, Erika Nilsson, confirmed her departure.

A Matildas 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup squad member, Grant is one of the hottest properties on the market due to her young age, skill and technique as a defender.

Initially reported by Swedish newspaper Norra Skåne that Grant was headed to the Women’s Super League (WSL), journalist Emma Sanders from BBCSport has revealed that Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham are all showing interest in recruiting her.

This isn’t the first time Grant has been linked with a move to the Women’s Super League, having previously been on the radar of Aston Villa during the transfer window after the club lost ten of their stars heading into the new WSL season.

A potential move to Arsenal will see Grant link up with Matildas teammates Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross. The latter, Cooney-Cross, is a close friend of Grant, going back to their Young Matildas days and progressing through the national team ranks with one another.

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Earlier this year, Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson complimented the fullback’s ability, stating that she is a player that every club needs.

“Look at Charli Grant’s journey. She had zero caps when I came on board,” said Gustavsson via The Women’s Game.

“Since day one, when she struggled a bit at international football, which is natural because the tempo is much higher than she’s used to, she’s shown the right mindset and really represents a lot of things in this team— the grit.

“She was put in the stands in (Swedish club) Rosengard, not even in their game day roster, and then gets loaned out to Vittsjo, yet look at what she does now against England away—that grit and commitment to always get one day better.

“I’m so happy for her, and she represents a lot of what this team stands for.”

Grant moved to the Damallsvenskan in 2021 for Rosengard after a four-year stint with Adelaide United in the Liberty A-League. She would remain at the Swedish club for a season before being loaned out to Vittsjö GIK and then joining them permanently ahead of the most recent season.

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