Sunday, 29 January 2012


Croatia striker Igor Budan looks set to stay with Palermo after firing three goals in his last two matches. The injury prone 30 year old had been out the picture for much of the season and had been expected to leave this month. However he now appears back in the teams plans and may even make a last ditch attempt to win a place in Croatia's Euro 2012 squad in Poland and the Ukraine. Budan could have also made a stella signing for Croatian Champions Dinamo Zagreb, but that now is impossible. Also likely to stay is Croatian duo Ivica Olic and Daniel Pranjic at Bayern Munich, although their status as bench players remains the same. Srdjan Lakic could also stay in such a position with VfL Wolfsburg.

Players definitely on the move are Antun Dunkovic, Bojan Vrucina, Stiven Rivic and Antun Palic who were all released by their clubs. Slaven Belupo may look at Vrucina's return to prevent them losing momentum after Leon Benko's switch to Al Faisaly. Belupo are nicely poised but have lost their potency with Benko and Aljosa Vojinovic going East. Dinamo Zagreb who overrecruited have allowed talent Antun Palic to go without testing him. Palic, who set HNL1 alight last season with Inter Zapresic will attract a number of clubs. Rijeka lack such a player but are financially weak. Thus far they recruited Varazdin's Adam Susac and trialled Bojan Golubovic. Zadar took back Zelimir Terkes from China's Lifan and also signed Igor Prahic from Istra 1961.

Hajduk have sold goalkeeper Daniel Subasic who it is hoped will establish himself at fallen giants Monaco who are bidding to return to the top flight. They also cleared out Nikola Saric and Japanese defender Inohu. Mato Neretljak at 32 returns in central defence after leaving his mark in Korea and Japan. Filip Ozobic is also a exciting loan signing from Spartak Moscow. It is still possible Hajduk could sell star midfielder Marin Tomasov who is wanted by Maccabi Haifa and would be a step forward in the widemans career. Rivic who is a free agent would make a worthy replacement. Mario Maloca is also wanted in Germany and has been treading water in Croatia and needs a new challenge.

With Dinamo allow Palic and Pedro Morales to leave. The latter returning to Chile after becoming homesick. Mehmad Alispahic therefore has a role to play although Mateo Kovacic and Sammir are the preferred playmakers.