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Traore’s interesting, but that’s never enough to be transferred

January 18, 2010 1 comment

Arsenal, Udinese, Napoli. There are the teams that CFR Cluj presented until now as very interested in signing the Ivorian striker. Back in 2007, when he was playing for Stade D’Abidjan, there was a race between CFR and Sparta Prague and it seems that Traore made a good decision…

In January 2008, he came to Romania, but signed a contract during the summer, when he turned 18. Sent to play in the third division, managed to score there 15 goals in 13 matches and was handed a debut in CFR’s senior team and in the top flight by Dusan Uhrin Jr, on 4th of April 2009. Since then, he played in 19 matches, scoring five goals in the process. He also collected six appearances in the Europa League group stage, scoring two goals (against FC Kobenhavn and, ironically, Sparta Prague!). Although the naumbers aren’t impressive, he is the club’s top scorer in both competitions at this point.

Interesting enough, the guy wasn’t initially on the registration list that was about to be sent to UEFA, but he made it in the final days, after his only second match played at the beginning of the season, when he scored the winner in the 1-0 home victory against Otelul Galati.

The guy has a nice combination of pace and skill for a player of his size, 198 cm and 85 kg, and isn’t the centre-forward type. Instead, he likes to run the channels and to be served ball into feet, which makes sense if you think of Arsenal’s interest, right? He’s also naturally better than most of his opponents in the air, even though he needs to improve in terms of strength, which should help him both in the aerial duels as well as on the ground.

Traore’s estimated value (by his own club) is 4-5 mil. EUR. So, I believe Udinese is out of the question, given the Italians’ famous scouting network and their history of bringing into Serie A cheap talent from Africa and South America. Arsenal? I think the age, not the price would be the problem. Has Wenger gone mad and started to buy such old players already? 🙂 Napoli? Well, I have nothing against it really, although I’d expect the Italians to try and bring in players with a higher profile, given their excellent season and always growing ambitions.

Timisoara waits for Moreno’s decision

January 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Although Steaua’s attacking midfielder Dayro Moreno recently stated that he refuses to return to Romania and hoped for a move back to Once Caldas, it seems that the Colombian club cannot afford the only terms accepted by the Bucharest side.

So Moreno might change his mind once he’ll find out that FC Tumisoara, another title contender, is ready to pay 550.000 EUR for him. The Viola outfit has asked FIFA agent Daniel Stanciu to get in touch with the player’s agent and present the huge salary 180.000 EUR per season (at Steaua his wages had been cut to 60.000 EUR).

A contract will be signed though only after Moreno will discuss face to face with coach Ioan Ovidiu Sabau, who will have to be convinced that the Colombian talent can and is willing to change his atitude.

“Wonderful” deal for Standard Liege

January 15, 2010 1 comment

The title might turn out to be true, but right now it’s just a word game, because “wonderful” can be translated in Romanian in “grozav”. And Grozav, Gheorghe Grozav to be precise, will move to Liege, in a deal that will cost the Belgian club 350.000 EUR plus 15% of the next transfer fee (but not less than 400.000 EUR!). The forward has already been tested by Romanian coach Laszlo Boloni last summer and proably has been monitorred eversince.

Grozav (19) has been promoted by Unirea Alba Iulia last season and helped the club achieve promotion, playing this year in sixteen out of seventeen matches in the first division, scoring two goals in the proces. He’s a talented youngster, right footed, good dribbling and technique, who likes to play as a winger and joins the coach who promoted a lot Cristiano Ronaldo when he was at Sporting Lisbon. Rest assured, I won’t go with this any further ;-).

Done deals (II)

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Bogdan Mara (32) stayed unemployed for just a day. The experienced winger, recently released by CFR Cluj, signed for Iraklis (11th place in the Greek first division) until June 2011. He’ll get 180.000 EUR per season and will be helped to adjust to the new environment by former Steaua and Kaiserslautern centre-forward Victoras Iacob, while playing alongside footballers like Sam Dalla Bona or Matias Lequi.
  • Rapid Bucharest signed Serbian defender Nikola Beljic (25). He rejoins former team-mates from OFK Belgrade, Djordje Ivelja (24, central midfielder) and Vladimir Bozovic (28, left back) and will spend the next three seasons at the Bucharest side. Beljic was in the last six months of his current deal and Rapid paid a 50.000 UER transfer fee to get him now.
  • Rapid also announced to have agreed terms with both Ventspils and Edgars Gauracs (21). The striker is expected in Romania tomorrow, when he should sign the contract. The Latvian U21 international comes on loan until the end of the season and Rapid has a buying option in the summer.
  • Dinamo Bucharest allowed George Curca (28) to return to Farul Constanta, where he had spent the previous nine seasons. The goalkeeper was on loan until the summer, when Dinamo could have made the deal permanent in exchange of 250.000 EUR.

Today’s press

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Central defender Cosmin Barcauan is close to a return home, after three and a half seasons spent in Greece, at PAOK and OFI, where he was sent on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk. Barcauan (31) started his Liga I career as a striker for Universitatea Craiova, but was moved in central defense and then transferred to Dinamo, the club that is hoping to sign him in the next few days, after the player passed today a medical exam.
  • Named Best foreign player in Romania, Pablo Brandan (26) has won also a place in the ideal first eleven of the league, after half a season. The Argentinian left back is currently playing for reigning champions Unirea Urziceni and doesn’t hide his disappointment for missing out on a transfer to VFB Stuttgart. The German club apparently offered 1.100.000 1.400.000 EUR, but the Romanian club was expecting to land a deal in the region of 3.000.000 EUR.
  • Dacian Varga (25), currently under contract with second division club Sportul Studentesc, has several club from the first division interested in his services. After Steaua Bucharest and FC Timisoara, Rapid Bucharest lined up in the race for his signature. Each club is trying different approaches to convince Vasile Siman, the owner of Sportul, to sell the player, after the left winger impressed in the Champions League group stage this season, playing on loan at Unirea Urziceni.
  • Marius Constantin (25) finally agreed to extend his contract with Rapid, which was expiring at the end of the season and one of the most interesting targets for free transfers in the summer has become unavailable.  The defender was a target for several Russian and German clubs, but apparently Dynamo Kyiv was at one point keen to sign the strong centre-back. Constantin’s new deal will expire in June 2013 and he got a raise from 120.000 EUR to 200.000 EUR per season.
  • Colombian attacking midfielder Dayro Moreno (24) has publicly demanded to be allowed to return to Once Caldas, although the club cannot afford the 500.000 EUR transfer fee.

Ze Kalanga returns home

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Dinamo gets rid of a player that created lots of problems and proved useful only in his first season in Romania, back in 2006. Bought from Petro Atletico, for 200.000 EUR, Nsimba Paulo Baptista Ze Kalanga (26) was on the transfer list in the past couple of years, but only now he’s found an interested club. Recreativo do Libolo signed the Angola international today and will pay, according to gsp.ro, 500.000 EUR for his services – a better deal than Dinamo ever expected to land. I’m sure they would have agreed to let him go even for free, to save a quite important salary and also cut loose a useless player for the team. But Ze Kalanga’s new club lacked the right info and had enough money to spend 😉

Today’s press

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Dayro Moreno (24) says he’s determined to part ways with Steaua and has a written agreement with the club to be released if he finds a team willing to pay 500.000 EUR for his services. Moreno’s transfer fee from Once Caldas back in 2008 was 2 mil. EUR.
  • The press from Israel reveals two possible targets for Ronny Levy, the new manager of Romanian title holders Unirea Urziceni: forward Shlomi Arbeitman (24) – 14 goals in 16 matches this season! – and midfielder Biram Kayal (21), both from Maccabi Haifa.
  • Apparently, Steaua refused a 1,5 mil. EUR offer from the Championship for centre-forward Pantelis Kapetanos (26), although this contradicts earlier reports about Gigi Becali’s decision to let the player go in case of a similar offer. The fact is that Kapetanos scored 9 goals in 15 appearances in the league this season and is quite indispensible for the red and blue outfit in the race for the title.

Vazquez signed for FC Timisoara

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The Argentinian centre forward signed today a five years long contract with FC Timisoara and will earn 150.000 EUR per season. Pablo Osvaldo Sanchez is 27, comes after an excellent season in Bolivia (17 goals in 29 matches for Strongest) and Timisoara had to pay 500.000 EUR to complete the transfer.

Grahovac to Otelul

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Otelul Galati announced today the signing of Branko Grahovac (26) from Borac Cacak. The goalkeeper from Montenegro agreed to a five years long contract and the transfer fee was 50.000 according to Marius Stan, the club’s president. This means that the Bulgarian Stoyan Kolev (33) will be either transferred or released in the near future, after two solid years spent at the Romanian club. Kolev and the other Bulgarian player, Zhelev, probably became too expensive for this small and financially troubled club, as I cannot see any other reason for giving up two of the team’s most consistent performers.

Today’s press

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Steaua seems to have agreed to sign three players, but only one deal has some sort of confirmation so far: the Bulgarian centre-back Zhivko Zhelev agreed to a 10.000 EUR/month contract and will leave his current club, Otelul Galati. In exchange, Steaua will send to Galati the talented left midfielder Razvan Ochirosii (who was “snatched” from the same club by Mihai Stoica, now at Unirea Urziceni), one of the hottest prospects a few years ago, but who never made it among the seniors at Steaua. Otelul gets rid of a problem and also gets 50% of a talented 20 years old. Good deal!
  • The other two Steaua targets: Bulgarian striker Hristo Yovov and Rwanda central defender Edwin Ouon.
  • Adrian Cristea (attacking midfielder, Dinamo, 26 years old) has been offered to Kuban Krasnodar for 1 mil. EUR. This is no surprise, as Dan Petrescu, the new manager, has been given complete control over transfers and already announced that will try to sign 5 or 6 Romanian players. Cristea is definitely among the most talented, but has an atitude problem and is a gamble Petrescu won’t make. Same situation with Ianis Zicu (attacking midfielder, Dinamo, 26 years old), although Petrescu already tried to sign him when he was coaching Unirea Urziceni, so has better chances. Anyway, it’s going to be a very good month for agents Victor and Ioan “Giovani” Becali ;-).
  • Vladimir Bozovic (left back/left midfielder, Rapid, 28 years old) is a target for a French first division outfit, according to his agent, Zvonko Milojkovic. Rapid is in deep financial trouble and owner George Copos has been trying to sell the club (the German businessman Lutz Stache was the last person interested in such a deal), so raising money from transfers looks like the only option right now. Rapid paid 200.000 for his transfer from OFK Belgrade in 2007, but won’t settle for anything below 1 mil. EUR.
  • In case Gigel Bucur (striker, FC Timisoara, 29 years old) leaves to club – an offer from Kuban is expected – the Viola outfit will try to sign the Argentinian Pablo Osvaldo Vazquez (centre forward, Strongest, 27 years old).
  • The talented Gheorghe Grozav (forward, Unirea Alba Iulia, 19 years old) is very close to a deal with Standard Liege, where he went on trial last summer and left a good impression. The transfer fee: 300.000 EUR
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