Friday, 27 August 2010


With just days left till the summer transfer window closes across Europe, there is likely to be few Croatians on the move. As Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split qualified for the Europa Liga group stage there is unlikely to be any major departures. Any deals taking place are set to centre around young Croats seeking loans.

The most high profile is Mario Gavranovic. The 20 year old Switzerland Under 21 international is in need of first team football to aid his progress. He is currently turning out for Schalke's second team and is behind Raul, Jefferson Farfan and Edu for a striking position. Gavranovic could move out on loan to another Bundesliga club.

Darko Bodul, of Ajax is also available for loan. No clubs have been mentioned so far, but Martin Jol will be eager to see the 20 year old move away as soon as possible to avoid stagnation. Dario Knezevic is only experienced Croatian international likely to go, although he is being used by Livorno in the meantime. Knezevic has offers from Bari, Cesana and Olympiakos.

Dino Drpic, Ivan Bosnjak and Goran Sablic are all still without a club, but they are able to transfer after the deadline. There is no news on Bosnjak or Sablic, however Drpic has interest from Sporting Gijon and Olympiakos, whilst Sokota's deal with OA Kavala appears to have fallen through. The player was seen visiting Olympic Ljubjlana which has led to speculation in Slovenia.

In Croatia, Varazdin are happy to consider a transfer for their star midfielder Josip Brezovec. Rijeka meanwhile rejected a switch from Russian club Amkar Perm for Radomir Dalovic who is also wanted by an unnamed English club. Dalovic, who is arguably playing below his level would suit a switch to Russia. The English Premier League side could be Blackpool who would be a suitable fit for Dalovic. Rijeka however are believed to want 1m Euro's for the Montenegrin international. Should Dalovic transfer then Sokota and Bosnjak could be high on their wanted list. Rijeka are in talks with Ante Tomic and expect to sign him this week along with defender Duje Bakovic.

Domestic transfers are unlikely to stop in the Croatian league on the deadline as most HNL1 clubs purchase free agents. Miroslav Saric, Srebrenko Posavec, Marko Maric and Gordan Golik will therefore be hot property from next week. Dinamo will however have to make a decision on any unwanted players such as Dodo who is wanted by Inter Zapresic. Zapresic keeper Matej Delac has also now left the club to go to Chelsea and has been loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem.

Cibalia, Karlovac, Istra Pula and Sibenik have stated their intent to bring in a player in the next week. Karlovac are rumoured to be keen on striker Karlo Primorac. Sibenik will sign 28 year old forward Drazen Jelic. Istra Pula recruited Sinisa Linic and Brazilian Eliomar having had a loan request for Mathias Chago rejected. Cibalia meanwhile have unexpected issues of player insubordination, with Zjelko Malcic and Vlatko Simunac resultantly being dropped. Simunac is suspended, whilst Malcic has been sold to Sibenik. Stanko Mrsic is happy with Dino Kresinger, Mladen Bartolovic and Ivica Baraban. Srebrenko Posavec and Miroslav Saric could become a target however as Mrsic wants a playmaker. In HNL2 Davor Piskor and Mario Juric are set to sign for Croatia Sesvete.