Sunday, 21 March 2010


Dinamo Zagreb look on course for another Croatian League Championship winning season, but have continued to find European football difficult to master. With Robert Kovac likely to leave in the summer, Dinamo will be looking for a new centre back, an imposing midfielder should Milan Badelj transfer and a new forward to replace Mario Mandzukic who is also likely to go abroad. Injury victim Igor Biscan also faces an uncertain future, along with goalkeeper Tomislav Butina.

It is likely that Dinamo will be thinking Croatian having had several foriegn ventures that failed to work out, most notably Greek forward Dmitrios Papadopoulos and Argentine Guillermo Suarez. It would also appear that once Mandzukic and Badelj transfer the remainder of the squad will not be of sufficient quality. Players such as Loncaric, Etto, Ibanez, Barbaric, Cufre, Vrsaljko, Vrdoljak, Morales, Tomecak, Sammir, Kramaric, Dodo and Callelo are all likely to be retained next season which will ensure a strong HNL1 season. However will hope to recruit new players to make the difference in European competition.

Dinamo may consider turning to recognised talents. Real Zaragoza wide player Marko Babic appears in major need of a revival and has the quality to be a big player for Dinamo Zagreb. Similarly Jerko Leko would be available on a free transfer who could add something that is currently lack in the Dinamo midfield which is not possessed by Vrdoljak. Should Milan Badelj transfer midfielder Ivica Banovic has the experience to provide a lot to Dinamo and may be looking for a change of scene should Frieburg get relegated. Mato Jajalo may also be on the hitlist although Dinamo would be put off by paying any transfer fees. Cheaper options such as Mensur Mujdza may also be under consideration, but arguably would not improve the standard of the side.

In attack it would appear that Karlo Primorac, Miroslav Slepicka, Andrej Kramaric and Dodo is not good enough with neither in double figures for the season. However Asteras Tripolis Daniel Cesarec could be a excellant replacement for Mario Mandzukic, and a cheaper alternative to Sibenik's Ermin Zec. Athough Mandzukic is a up and coming talent, Cesarec is a more disciplined and rounded player who would be better at forming strike partnership. Defensively Dinamo will be looking for a regular fixture who can remain fit having seen Robert Kovac and Biscan spend long period on the treatment list.

One of Zdavko Mamic's clients Bostjan Cesar could do a good job and has been improving rapidly at club and international level with Slovenia. Dinamo however would be certain to face competition to sign him. Myttdlland's Kristjan Ipsa could also be a mobile addition who could be within Dinamo's grasp. Domogoj Vida is also strongly tipped to make the switch in the summer to become the teams new right back. Dario Knezevic may also be available if Livorno experience relegation, but may prefer to stay abroad having built a reputation for himself.

Dinamo may consider turning to former players such as Tomislav Mikulic, Andre Mijatovic or Gordan Schildenfeld, but once again they all may appear satisfied with their current status within Germinal Beerscott, Arminia Bielfeld and Sturm Graz. Dinamo fans may prefer to see less players arriving that are in the last year of their career and prone to injury having seen little of Robert Kovac, Igor Biscan, Tomislav Sokota and Jens Novotny during their expensive spells at the club.