Ma Xiaoxu gets OK to transfer to Swedish club

The China Football Association reportedly has given the green light to Ma Xiaoxu's move to Sweden's domestic women's league champions Umea IK. The club revealed it had agreed a six month deal with Ma starting 20 February in which she could earn 5,000 euros per month. The 18-year-old sensation was last year's Asian Women's Player and Youth Player of the Year, the first woman in history to win the latter award. "It is good news. The transfer will help her improve. The CFA will let her go abroad," a CFA official, Yang Yimin, told Biejing sports newspaper, Titan.

However there is still concern that if the CFA and Ma's domestic club Dalian Shide go through with the deal. Ma's overseas spell will clash with the China PR national team's preparations for the FIFA Women's World Cup, which takes place from 10-30 September in China. "I still have no time to think about the conflict with World Cup preparations. Actually, the club still has not informed me about the deal. I do not know when to apply for the visa," Ma told China Daily.