Wednesday, 7 April 2010


Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split look set to undergo their usual auctioning of players at the end of the season. For Dinamo playmaker Milan Badelj is hot property, whilst striker Mario Mandzukic looks to finally be granted his transfer, with Mamic expected to focus on gaining top money for youngster Badelj.

Dinamo Zagreb are often renowned for turning to the academy to find new gems, but in central midfield Domogoj Antolic does not appear ready to step in and so Dinamo may be forced to make a new signing to replace Badelj. One possibility is experienced former Croatian international Ivica Banovic who has a lot of experience in the Bundesliga with his current club Frieburg and with former employers Werder Bremen and Nuremburg. The 29 year old could be a steading influence in the centre of Dinamo's midfield. Another player of sufficient quality is Energie Cottbus playmaker Stiven Rivic. The 24 year old could grow within Dinamo Zagreb and become a major asset to the club. The club could also look within HNL1 at Sibenik playmaker Mehmed Alispahic. However Dinamo do not have a good history in dealings with his Croatian employer and may also wish to steer clear of enrolling soft players into the central midfield.

Hajduk Split meanwhile will surely cash in on in form Bosnian international Senijad Ibricic who has long been ready for a step up to a stronger league. The club has Marin Tomasov, Florin Cernat and more likely Anas Sharbini and Mario Ticinovic who could step into his shoes. However they will need to improve their potency in front of goal to eleviate the burden which was carried by class act Ibricic.

Ante Vukusic and Duje Cop may have done enough to stay on board, whilst the club also want to bring through Mark Livaja. However they may need another two. Hajduk appear to have long fallen out of love with Ivan Rodic and he is expectly to released or sold along with ex Rijeka hot shot Ahmad Sharbini. Hajduk and Dinamo have been bitten before fishing in the free agent market. They could turn to Leon Benko whose 5 goals of Kortrijk may suggest he can be of use to Hajduk. A loan move for Ante Rukavina has also been muted as the player has not built of his good first season in Greece.

It is not likely the club will still be able to afford such players as Mario Budimir of Ergotelis and Ermin Zec of Sibenik. Youngster Ivan Milicevic of Osijek and Mateas Delic of Slaven Belupo have however impressed this season. Radomir Dalovic has also come good at HNK Rijeka and is within Hajduk's budget, along with Bojan Vrucina of Hapoel Tel Aviv. Although Tomislav Busic, Zvonimir Deranja and Ivan Bosnjak could be all be available on frees it's unlikely Hajduk will consider players in this market.