The January transfer window opens in a few days, and there is growing interest in a number of Croatian players from England Premier League clubs…
Speculation has been steadily increasing over the last couple of days that Premier League strugglers Aston Villa will sign Hajduk Split’s giant goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić. The 6′ 7in stopper, who impressed during Croatia’s last international friendly with Russia in November, could move to Birmingham for around 5 million euros, although some media have speculated that the transfer could be as high as 6.7 million euros.
Premier League contenders Arsenal, who lie second in the table, look like they will strengthen their side come January as they push for the title. The talk is that Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in impressive Croatian international midfielder Marcelo Brozović. Inter Milan will reportedly be offered 25 million euros from Arsenal for Brozović in the January window, Italian media report.
West Ham’s Croatian coach Slaven Bilić is also reportedly set to make a January move for one his countrymen. Talented Hajduk Split 18-year-old Andrija Balić is rumored to be in talks with the London club.
Other Croatian players who could make a move in January included Dinamo Zagreb’s Ante Ćorić. Chelsea are the latest to join the race for the midfielder’s signature. Chelsea, as the UK media reported on Monday, hope to beat Real Madrid and Manchester City in signing Ćorić.
Another Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia international, Marko Pjaca, is also on the radar of a number of clubs, whilst Leicester City’s Andrej Kramarić may make a move as he looks to secure regular first team football ahead of Euro 2016.
As always with transfer windows, there will be a lot of speculation and time will tell, but it seems this window may be an active one for Croatian players.