Saturday, 9 January 2010


Dinamo Zagreb defender Dejan Lovren could be set to become the clubs latest player to transfer for big money to a strong European club after being chased by French giants Olympic Lyon. In recent years Dinamo has collected money for sales of Luka Modric, Ogjnen Vukojevic, Vedran Corluka, Hjorve Cale, Eduardo, Dino Drpic, Bostjan Cesar, Nikola Pokrivac and Josip Tadic. Dinamo had set aside a plan to listen to offers for defender Etto, midfielder Ivica Vrdoljak and striker Mario Mandzukic. However it appears Lovren and playmaker Milan Badelj are attracting unwanted interest and Dinamo now seem to be considering their stance on Lovren.

Lovren's progress may not neccessarily be curtailed whilst in France as Lyon look to freshen up a successful but aging side. With Brazilian Cris not getting any younger, Lyon look set to turn to Lovren who can also play in both full back positions. Lovren is tipped to become a key part of the Croatia national team in 2010 as Slaven Bilic has highlighted him as successor to the retired Robert Kovac and Dario Simic. Another potential national team participant Domogoj Vida also looks a strong candidate to be Lovren's replacement at Dinamo. Interest had stalled after Dinamo failed to meet Osijek's valuation of the player, but it is likely Zdavko Mamic will pay up should Lovren's move be completed.

Vida's switch will put Osijek in a very strong financial position, such as is hoped by Sibenik following the conclusion of Ermin Zec's transfer. Sibenik hope a deal to go through as soon as possible to prevent Mehmed Alispahic heading out the exit door following interest in him from Holland. Dinamo have however completed the signing of Inter Zapresic's Dodo to provide striking cover following the release of Greek forward Dmitrios Papadopoulos.