Friday, 13 August 2010


With transfer deadline just two weeks away time is running out for Croatian teams to make any emergency sales or purchases of contracted players.

Although Dinamo Zagreb sold Mario Mandzukic to Wolfsburg, they spent almost half of it on acquiring Ante Rukavina. The club have interest from Olympic Lyon in Milan Badelj for around 8 million pounds which could lead to the players transfer. Dinamo do not have an immediate ball carrying replacement in the club. Sammir acts as a playmaker, whilst Arjan Ademi and Adrian Callelo are strictly defensive midfielders. The only off the wall idea would be to employ Luis Ibanez on the left side of a central three, so Dinamo would have to recruit. Said Husejinovic was a loan target from Werder Bremen, whilst Frieburg's Ivica Banovic could prove useful.

Dinamo do not have to sell Badelj, however Hajduk could do with the finance from the sale of either Senijad Ibricic or Ivan Strinic. PSG are the latest club to be linked with Strinic alongside Zenit and Koln. Ibricic is wanted by Rubin Kazan, but Hajduk may be prepared to wait till January after the player has showcased his talents in Europa Liga. Should Strinic transfer, they would look for a left back. However Dinamo also need a left back so Varazdin's Roberto Puncec could become a target. Varazdin desperately need the money and also willing to listen to offers for Josip Brezovec. If either go Varazdin may replace them with Nikola Safaric or Gordan Golik.

Hajduk could turn to Sibenik's Mehmad Alispahic should Ibricic transfer who is also wanted by Mainz and Monchengladback. Sibenik are not in urgent need for a sale as already sold Ademi and Zec and have struggled to find adequate replacements. Slaven Belupo and Osijek are also not in a selling situation, so Elvis Kokalovic and Ivan Milicevic are unlikely to go anywhere.

Rijeka on the other hand could consider a deal for Radomir Dalovic who is proven in HNL1 and is now scoring regularly at international level. Should Dalovic leave it could require two strikers to replace him from the free agent market with Ivan Bosnjak the most realistic. It would also help to finance a deal for Ramon Fernandes. Zadar's Ivan Santini could also attract Rijeka's should Dalovic move away.

Apart from this opportunities for transfers are not extensive. Interest from Poland in Istra's Asim Sehic seems to have cooled. It is more likely HNL1 teams will recruit free agents rather than be selling with the likes of Nikola Safaric, Srebrenko Posavec, Mario Juric, Karlo Primorac, Miroslav Saric, Gordan Golik, Marko Maric and Mario Grgurovic being share around the clubs.