Wednesday, 4 August 2010



Although Dario Srna's current contract expires in 2011, there still appears no real sign of him being anywhere else than Shaktar Donetsk next season whilst the side continues to hold the calibre of players of himself, Fernandinho, Jadson, Luiz Adriano and others. As a unit Shaktar are still a force and offer another season to Srna in the Champions League. This time Shaktar got what they want which is a league Championship and thus directly enter Europes Premier competition. Once again Srna cannot hope to transfer unless interested parties even of the standing of Fiorentina, AC Milan, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid match his wages.
UPDATE: Srna remains a transfer target for Bayern Munich and Chelsea

Croatian international defender Dario Knezevic has had personally decent season despite Livorno's relegation. It is not impossible for Knezevic to get the call for his country whilst playing in Serie B, especially following Ivica Krizanac's retirement from international football and if Livorno were to be at the top three in the division. However it is likely Knezevic has done enough to transfer abroad. There was rumours of a switch to Shaktar Donetsk in the winter, whilst recently a switch to a giant side in Turkey was reported which could elevate Knezevic's career. Its also likely clubs in Germany may be interested.
UPDATE: Knezevic deciding between Bari, Brescia, Olympiakos and Roma. Starts the season with Livorno in Serie B.

For a long time now it appears that Pletikosa had all but agreed a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur as back up to Auerlio Gomes. Croatia has long been used to Pletikosa struggling to command a place at club level so this would not be a major issue, especially with consideration to Gomes habit of suffering nasty knocks. There appears no future for Pletikosa at Spartak Moscow whilst a move anywhere would be a surprise.

Although Palermo would appear certain of a top 5 finish this season, Croatian striker Igor Budan may look to switch clubs this summer to increase his chances of a regular play. Arguably Palermo's use of Budan this season has been intelligent. The players knee problems have not been tested due to Budan been confined mainly to the substitutes bench. When Budan has been used he has scored 7 times which is a fairly decent return.

The club appears however to have become to big for Budan with Abel Hernandez coming through strongly during the season and Miccoli on excellant form. Palermo may decide to move Budan out and bring in a younger player to push the side on. Budan may look to stay in Italy, dropping down to one of the smaller sides where he may play more regularly. Bari were interested in the summer and may rekindle their interest.
UPDATE: Budan overcomes injury concerns to sign with Cesana.

The future of left midfielder Marko Babic at Real Zaragoza seems uncertain despite the player still having a year left on his contract with the Spanish club. Babic failed to establish himself in the first team who were in the peril of relegation for much of the season. Having only struggled to gain starts with Real Betis and Hertha Berlin, Babic may feel its time to drop down a level if he is playing more football. His inactivity has seen him completely lose his status as an international for his country in spite of being Croatia's best performer in the 2006 World Cup. Babic can still experience a revival as is still only 29, but needs to find the right club.


Darko Bodul is a player with a lot to prove after a disappointing season with Sparta Rotterdam. The Ajax youngster appears to have no future at the Dutch giants but is also failing to impress in a lower level which has seen him fall out of the Croatian Under 21 set. Bodul who is still only 21 will need to do better during his next loan spell. Bodul, however is another player who can take heart from the Nikica Jelavic and Ivan Perisic who appeared to be going nowhere in there careers, but suddenly found form in the right environment. A switch in fact to the Austrian or Belgian league could benefit Bodul, whilst Dinamo or Hajduk may also be interested to take a chance on the player.

DINO DRPIC - Free Agent
Former Croatia international Dino Drpic will leave Karlsruhre after a extremely uneventful season for the midtable Bundesliga 2 side. Drpic will start the search for a new club. The 28 year old may have been considered an ideal and cheap replacement for Robert Kovac at Dinamo, if not for his off the field antics during his previous stint in Zagreb. It is likely Drpic will find a new employer due to his free agent status and will hope to be back amongst a top flight club.
UPDATE: Drpic offered to Sporting Lisbon