Sunday, 12 August 2012


After qualifying for the third qualifying stage of the Champions League Dinamo Zagreb have decided to retain the services of star striker Fatos Bequiraj, who was a target of Hoffenheim. The Montenegrin International showed his worth in the sides 4-0 victory over Sherrif of Moldova. The powerful frontman at present appears invaluable to Dinamo's cause, with Ante Rukavina and Duje Cop also making positive starts to the season.

Dinamo have however parted with playmaker Milan Badelj who will sign for Hamburg to replace David Jarolim. Badelj has served Dinamo excellantly, but does not wish to renew his contract in 2013, leaving Dinamo in need to cash in on their prize asset. Dinamo also have adequate cover in central midfield with Jerko Leko, Nikola Pokrivac, Arjan Ademi, Adrian Callelo and Matias Chago all on the books. Ademi thus far has been unsettled at Dinamo and Badelj's departure may help the former Sibenik man to gain more playing time. Dinamo have also taken in form Marcelo Brozovic back from his loan spell at Lokomotiva.

Had Bequiraj transferred Dinamo were looking for former Croatia international striker Ivan Klasnic to add experience to their front line. However such a deal no longer seems on the card, with Klasnic expected to sign for Turkey's Gaziantespor. Klasnic had a fairly successful time with Bolton Wanderers, but was in need of change of scene. With first team football far from certain with Deportivo La Coruna and competition in HNL1 limited, Klasnic appears to have chosen the more competitive Turkish Superliga for his new destination. Rijeka have made a staggered start to the new season with many new players taking time to gel. Rijeka have responded by adding a high calibre forward to their strikeforce with Daniel Cesarec coming in from Maccabi Haifa. The 29 year old has impressed in Greek football, but is in need of a new challenge and should support Leon Benko to add more goals to Rijeka's game.

Whilst RNK Split, Osijek and Slaven Belupo have also started the season well, Cibalia, Inter Zapresic and Zagreb have struggled. Cibalia have been linked with Josip Lukacevic and Ivan Bosnjak, having failed to persuade Dino Kresinger to return for another season. Zapresic are also in need to sharpen up their forward line with a experienced striker. Former player Ilija Sivonjic is still available, as is Karlo Primorac. Slaven Belupo strengthened their title challenge with the recruitment of defender Mario Baric, who enjoyed two strong seasons in Belgian football with Genk. RNK Split meanshile signed Denis Glavina and Ivan Radeljic.