Friday, 25 June 2010


Dinamo Zagreb would appear to have a long wait to fend off interest in their star striker Mario Mandzukic. Last season, Zdravko Mamic quashed interest from Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg by announcing at a press conference with his main player that Mandzukic was not for sale. One year on the relationship has soured with the 25 year old failing to find his best form and disappointing in Europe.

Despite this it would appear Mandzukic and Milan Badelj are essential to Dinamo. Mamic may however consider offers aware that the tempramental forward's form can fluctuate. What Dinamo currently have in reserve is not performing. Miroslav Slepicka, Dodo, Ilija Sivonjic and Andrej Kramaric have not lived up to expectations in the last season and are currently mainly useful in support of Mandzukic. If Dinamo were to sell Mandzukic, they would need to buy. However they have already missed the boat on two of their key targets Sasa Bjelanovic (RFC Cluj) and Daniel Cesarec (Aris Salonika).

There has been rumours about a return for Ivan Bosnjak. However the player would be coming to Dinamo on the back of poor goalscoring form in the last two seasons and at 31 is purely an able replacement for Dodo or Sivonjic should Dinamo wish to loan them out. There has also been rumours of Ante Rukavina, who Velimir Zajec knows from Panathanaikos.

If Dinamo were to buy Croatian they could look in the direction of Slovan Liberec's Andrej Keric, Kortrijk's Leon Benko or Atromotis's Zdravko Popovic. Another possibility could be Darko Bodul, a precocious talent currently playing with Ajax. Also at Ajax in need of a new club is Dario Cvitanich.

Dinamo would appear to have a long wait to delay Mandukic's depature till January. The striker is already being courted by Bordeaux and Red Bull Salzburg and other bids may also come from the Bundesliga and English Premier League with Everton and Wolfsburg interested. It is hard to see Dinamo rejecting such offers in which case they'd need to go shopping. It is also not impossible that Milan Badelj may recieve an offer, although the 21 year old is in no rush to leave. Dinamo may find a replacement for Badelj in the form of Mehmad Alispahic.