Transfer News summary: Dinamo Zagreb demand €12m, Ivanovic’s pre-contract, Halilović could leave Barca

Defender may sign pre-contract, Chelsea to agree the deal

The 31-year-old Chelsea defender has clearly the worst season of his entire career, Branislav Ivanovic was even linked with several European clubs, but Jose Mourinho decided to keep an experienced player.

But as per Serbian’s agent,  Ivanovic could be tempted to sign a pre-contract in the January transfer window with Inter Milan, who were monitoring the situation around player since summer.

Branislav Ivanovic

Branislav’s representative Zoran Krneta, remains confident of a new deal, he admitted the right-back could be lured away.

Krneta said: “Its quite possible that he will renew his contract with Chelsea. The rumors about Inter? In football anything it is possible.”

6 ft 1 defender has joined has joined the Blues back in 2008 from Lokomotiv Moscow and 20 goals in his 223 Premier League appearances.

Club demand €12m from Manchester United to agree the deal

The Red Devils are interested in a move for Croatian winger Marko Pjaca. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has made clear his desire to sign a promising player in the January transfer window, with the Dutchman lamenting the lack of pace in his side.

The 20-year-old midfielder currently plays for Dinamo Zagreb, and could command a transfer fee of up to €12million, clearly not a huge price for 20-times English champions.

Marko Pjaca

A winger by trade, Pjaca has been likened to Karim Benzema by Tomislav Ivkovic, who coached the young Croatian early on in his career.

‘He is one of the rare players who can go both direction,’ he said.

‘If there’s anyone he reminds me of when he’s on the ball, it’s Karim Benzema. I’m not saying he’s the new Benzema, but he does remind me of him in one-on-one situations.’

Croatia international has been impressive this term at Champions League halilovicQualification, he scored 3 goals and made 2 assists in his 6 appearances for Dinamo Zagreb.

Arsenal transfer boost: Barcelona will listen the offers for ‘Croatian Messi’

Barcelona’s young prospect Alen Halilović is arguably one of the most promising

talent in European football and many European clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid are desperate to sign the Croatian.

As has become usual in the last seasons, defending Spanish champions intend to sell all the players that Luis Enrique does not count on next season and Halilovic is one of those. That automatically means that Blaugrana will listen to offers for 19-yer-old winger at the end of the season, but insisting on a buy-back clause.

Halilović, who is currently out on loan at Sporting Gijón, has been impressive this term and scored 2 goals, with 3 assists in hit 10 La Liga appearances. Also he scored a cheeky goal that helped Croatia U19 beat San Marino U19 4-0. The 5”7” attacker whose playing stile is often dubbed with Leo Messi has a contract with Barcelona until June 2019.

Aleksandar Gabelic

Aleksandar is the co-founder and featured columnist of Balkan Talk. He writes about Croatian football and loves Dinamo Zagreb. Skiing and Basketball are another his hobbies.