Super League clubs harvest oysters

A healthy surplus of talent helps national football clubs balance their winning sheets with their bottom line

With less than a week before the Super League football season gets underway, clubs across the nation nurture their talent for sales to foreign clubs.

Financial journal Børsen asked leading sports agents to estimate the value of the league's players. Copenhagen club FCK, the winner of last season's championship and the Scandinavian Royal League tournament, stood with the most to win, according to the agents.

Two of the team's players, Tobias Linderoth of Sweden and Ghana's Razak Pimpong, played in the World Cup in Germany and made good impressions.

Linderoth, the foundation of FCK's midfield, is estimated to be worth between DKK 21 and 24 million. He was one of the few players on the Swedish side able to boast a solid performance during the World Cup and has attracted the attention of agents around Europe.

The chances of FCK letting Linderoth go right now are slim, however, said player agent Klaus Granlund.

'FCK has some very important qualification matches for the Champions League which can give the club millions in earnings. So it would be really unintelligent to sell some of their best players right now, and Tobias Linderoth is clearly the most important force on the team,' said Granlund.

Although FCK's cross-town rival Brøndby recently sold Johan Elmander to Toulouse, the team still possesses an up-and-coming star in Kasper Lorentzen, said agent Kim Wacker of Proactive.

'Kaper Lorentzen is the biggest talent in Danish football right now. It is simply too difficult to put a price tag on him,' said agent Kim Wacker of Proactive. 'His value grows with each game, where he shows greater and greater potential.'

Super League clubs have succeeded in bolstering their financial holdings as well as their player rosters, said Ricky Rasmussen of Dansk Aktieanalyse.

'Things look relatively reasonable for the clubs and it would be nice if their finances could be a helping hand now instead of a hindrance,' said Rasmussen.

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