If you thought Real Salt Lake had their backup left back — or maybe starting left back, depending on your opinion of Donny Toia — you’ll want to take a seat, because the Elliot Käck deal is dead, according to a report from Swedish outlet Expressen.
Yes, the deal that would have taken the Djurgården left back to Utah for presumably an undisclosed fee has simply not happened, although we can say with certainty that there was not just interest, but an offer made.
Here’s what the article quotes in Swedish, translated into rough, broken English by our corporate overlords at Google. This quote’s from the director of sports at the club, Bosse Andersson.
No, there has been an interest. At the same time, Elliot has a contract with us for two more years and he is here with us. This is something that has been discussed but he will play in Djurgården 2020. Having the same team we value very highly, we value it more than selling Elliot Käck.
So, long story short, they’re keeping him, and it’s not about the money. It’s about keeping the team together.
Given we know that at least several important Real Salt Lake players saw transfer offers — say, Jamison Olave, for example — at the height of RSL’s good run, I guess we can’t be too mad about that.