Monday, 26 July 2010


Dinamo Zagreb's search for a new striker is over after splashing out on striker Ante Rukavina. Dinamo will pay compensation of nearly 3m Euro's to Panathanaikos with the player reportedly recieving 700,000 Euro's a year. Rukavina was keen to stay on in Greece, but it appears Dinamo tabled an offer which club and player were unable to refuse which seems slightly excessive. Rukavina is not a regular Croatia international and fullfilled only a substitute role in Athens.

Rukavina was however Velimir Zajec's first choice and will combine in a three man attack alongside Pedro Morales and Miroslav Slepicka. Sammir will continue in the playmaker role with Milan Badelj dropping deep to partner Adrian Callello in defensive midfield. Sime Vrsaljko and Luis Ibanez are expected to patrol the flanks as wing back. Leonard Mesaric has currently made his case to partner either Tomislav Barbaric or Igor Biscan in defence, though both players have struggled in early season. Ilija Sivonjic is believed to be making enough of a impression to hold a place on the bench. Dodo however will find himself out of Zajec's plans when Andrej Kramaric returns. Similarly Ante Tomic is likely to be surplus to requirements when Arjan Ademi returns from Croatia Under 19 duty.

Hajduk Split meanwhile may be forced to call off the sale of Mario Brkljaca as Hertha Berlin have shown interest in hijacking their deal for Jurica Vranjes. Hertha who are favorites for promotion from Bundesliga 2 may present a bid that is more favourable to his club Werder Bremen with whom he has one year left on his contract.