After a few days of speculation, it’s official: Dinamo Zagreb’s utility specialist Bartol Franjić is joining Niko Kovač and Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga!
Franjić, 22 years of age, can play every position in the defensive and middle third, excelling at each spot. He was a key piece to Dinamo’s European success in the 2020-21 season, and played 81 minutes in the club’s historic 3-0 victory over Tottenham in Zagreb. Franjić is also the current captain of Croatia’s U-21 squad and has 10 appearances for the team, scoring once. A couple solid months in Germany could book him a ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, over fringe players such as Kristijan Jakić or Luka Ivanušec.
Franjić earned himself a five-year contract under Wolfsburg, who finished 12th placed in the Bundesliga last season. Dinamo have received 7.5 million Euros in return for the player, which may be used to sign another star attacker this summer.
Josip Juranović could be on his way to one of Europe’s greatest clubs. Atletico Madrid are reportedly very interested in signing the 26 year-old right-back after his fantastic display against France in the Nations League. Several Premier League sides are rumored to be eyeing Juranović as well.
However, Celtic see Juranović as a key player and are unwilling to let him go for a low price. Many sources believe that the club won’t sell him for any price less than 15 million Euros.
The tweet below sums up how most Celtic supporters feel about the potential transfer of Juranović…