Reports from Germany state that Wolfsburg have struck a 2-year deal with striker Ivica Olić. At age 32, Olić would be getting a much better look at consistent playing time at Wolfsburg. The move is a tricky one, as Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath usually prefers a loan striker up top. To add to the drama, if Magath keeps the current formation, Olić would be fighting Mario Mandžukić for a spot on the starting 11. Magath has said that Mandžukić has finally shown that he is an above average player, leading many to think that he will regain his spot in the starting 11 after being taken off early in a game in the beginning of the month.
With the resurgence of Mandžukić, this signing could have been another step to light a fire under the youngster. The pairing wouldn’t be a first in Bundesliga history, as Olić and Petrić lead Hamburg to 4th and 5th positions in the table when they teamed up from 2007-2009. A coincidental signing or a Croatian recipe for success? I would hope for the latter, but only time will tell. Wolfsburg currently sit at the middle of the Bundesliga table after a recent loss to Bayern (2) and tie against Monchengadblach (4).
In other news, it seems that the German giants took a page out of Tottenham’s book by asking for too much money in the transfer of Danijel Pranjić to Everton. According to Bayern blog redrobbery.com, Pranjić was set to make a move to Everton six months ago. Talks came to a stand still when the 2 million pound price tag was placed on Pranjić, who has only played a total of 285 minutes this season. Pranjić will most likely have to wait until the end of the season to make a move anywhere.
Tottenham midfield Niko Kranjčar made a quick trip from Croatia to England after signing a sponsorship to become the new face for Gillette in Croatia. In a brief interview with vecernji.hr and hercegsport.info, Niko showed optimism after getting to play in back to back games for the Spurs.
“I am happy that I finally played two games in a row, just so I’ll be fit for the Euro…”
“I never wanted to leave Tottenham, and I believe that there was no offer because I was injured at the start of the season, two months I had no time slots. Primarily I wanted to return to optimal physical shape to be ready for the European Championship and club commitments, so I did not even think about changing the environment.” –Niko Kranjčar
With some of your speculations of Kranjčar being comfortable, it looks like he’s only got one thing on his mind – EURO 2012.
Image: Press Association
Skyports.net revealed that Hamburg have yet to sign Mladen Petrić to a new deal, after the Croatian striker turned down a contract offer earlier in the year. The team have agreed to meet with Petrić in a month, but it looks like Petric may be on his way out with the likelihood of a new deal being far less than what was previously offered. If Petrić doesn’t stay in Hamburg, where do you think he should or would go instead?