Tuesday, 27 July 2010


Dinamo Zagreb may enter the transfer market for a centre back on the back of striker Ante Rukavina's arrival from Panathanaikos. Dinamo currently have Tomislav Barbaric, Leonard Mesaric, Dario Simic, Leandro Cufre and Igor Biscan as defenders, however the latter three are over 32 years of age and out of contract at the end of the season. Leonard Mesaric was brought in as cover.

Leandro Cufre is currently seen as Dinamo's best defender. However alongside Simic his best days are behind him and is wanted in Argentina at several top flight clubs. Simic is expected to only play a bit part role, whilst Biscan was found struggling for pace against Slovenian opposition last week. If Dinamo is to pursue a half decent European campaign it is likely they may enter the market for a centre back. Thus far Gordan Bunoza has slipped through their fingers as he chose a move to Wislaw Krakow.

Dinamo however showed their financial muscle in prizing Rukavina out of Greek giants Pananthanaikos and could follow a similar hostile bid in pursuit of a defender. Croatia Under 19 captain Renato Kelic would favor such a deal having spent last season with Slovan Liberec. Kristijan Ipsa (also pictured) will also be keen for a move up having spent two seasons as a regular with Denmark's Mytlddland.

Alternatively having spent so much on Rukavina, Dinamo may look to acquire cheaply. Free agent Dino Drpic, does not seem to have resolved issues with Dinamo's Vice-Executive Zdravko Mamic to be welcomed back. Any other activity at Dinamo could be outgoing with striker Dodo and midfielder Ante Tomic considered surplus to requirements once Andrej Kramaric and Arjan Ademi return from Croatia Under 19 duty.