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Official: Bratu moves to Lovech

It’s a six months loan deal, but Dinamo’s forward stated today that he hopes to impress and earn a permanent move in the winter, which shows that Bratu wants to make it there and isn’t just looking for some time away from Romania. In spite of his medical problems from last season, Bratu is a classy player, a forward who likes to drift wide and cut inside, preferring always a placed shot instead of a powerful finish.

Litex could get their hands on another experienced and good Romanian player very soon, as FC Brasov’s left midfielder Catalin Munteanu is currently between a move to Bulgaria and a return to Dinamo, with Ioan Giovani Becali taking care of negotiations.

Bratu goes to Litex in search of his top form

  • With a season destroyed by a nasty injury and a couple of failed attempts to return into the first team, Florin Bratu has agreed to move to Bulgaria, in order to get back to full fitness and his best level of performance. Bratu is currently undergoing the medical tests with Litex Lovech, who has offered Dinamo aroun 300.000 Euros for a six months loan and is expected to sign the deal in the next few days.
  • FC Vaslui’s top player and highest earner, Wesley Lopes da Silva, left Romania yesterday and stated that he’d love to switch clubs this summer, launching an attack on the club owner, Adrian Porumboiu. Wesley will go to Spain, where his agent has identified a few interested clubs, but it all depends now on Porumboiu’s decision, who won’t accept anything below 2 million Euros, but is also wealthy enough to say no even to such offers. That’s why, by taking such a stand, the Brazilian forward just made his life more complicated than it is…
  • FC Timisoara’s first signing after the arrival of Maurizio Trombetta (who was on the verge of landing a deal with Litex Lovech!) is Iulian Tames, an experienced playmaker, FC Arges. A strange move, apparently, as we’re talking about a 31 years old coming from a second division club, but Timisoara really missed a player of his profile last season, while Tames (who also played for Dinamo, in the past) still has quality, but will probably need to readjust to playing in the top flight and for a place in the top three.
  • As there are a lot of rumors on the forums regarding Bucurica‘s supposed transfer to FC Koln, apparently the guy who recommended the left back is Unirea’s coach Blaz Sliskovic, who talked directly to Koln’s trainer, Zvonimir Soldo. Sliskovic took over during the second half of season, but couldn’t avoid relegation.

Forget about Brandan! FC Koln wants Bucurica!

May 25, 2010 1 comment

It seems that all the rumors regarding FC Cologne’s interest in the Romanian market could lead to another interesting transfer this summer. After the signing of Rapid’s Alexandru Ionita, Soldo’s team is helding talks with Unirea Alba Iulia – ready to return to the second division, after one season spent in Liga I – regarding the promising left back Bogdan Bucurica. The 23 years old, who has been watched this season by a couple of Russian clubs, awaits the clubs’ agreement to pass some tests and discuss personal terms.

According to Unirea’s president, the Romanian side wants a better percentage from the player’s future transfer, saying that Cologne is ready to pay around 1 million Euros at this point. In my opinion, the German club will pay a lot less, this guy is only fishing around…

CFR Cluj tries to keep alive the interest in Lacina Traore

April 22, 2010 1 comment

Lacina Traore’s lack of focus and consistency, after the first transfer rumors appeared in the press, have made him lose his place in the team, in favor of Cristian Bud, a 25 years old who was playing second league football a couple of years ago.

With the interest from clubs like Arsenal, Napoli, Udinese, Hamburg or Galatasaray likely to fade away or at least affect an asking price of 4 to 5 million Euros, media reports have been trying to compensate somehow his poor second half of the season, by keeping Traore in the spotlight.

Nice work, guys, but maybe you should also look after this talented youngster and get him back in shape, not just follow the club’s interest to sell him at any cost (obviously, not for any transfer fee!) in the summer… 😉

Timisoara still looks to replace Gigel Bucur

March 16, 2010 1 comment

The start of 2010 convinced Timisoara‘s fans that Bucur’s departure wasn’t properly covered, as the Viola outfit is struggling in front of goal. The poor form of Winston Parks and Sabau’s defensive approach (defensive wide midfielders, two anchormen at the same time on the pitch) left the talented, but so far unlucky Dorin Goga on his own upfront. Also, keeping Magera on the bench, who could be an ideal partner for Goga, isn’t the best decision, but the board seem to understand better than me 😉 Sabau’s choices and announced that they’re looking to strengthen the attacking department for next season… Read more…

Another interested club in Traore: Galatasaray

March 6, 2010 Leave a comment
  • With the interest from Napoli and Arsenal already confirmed by CFR’s board, press reports suggest Galatasaray Istanbul has added the Ivorian Lacina Traore on its shortlist. Apparently, Galata’s technical staff has been alerted by one of its own players, Kader Keita, who spoke highly about the promising forward, nicknamed “the new Drogba”. The news got an almost immediate reaction from Andrea Mandorlini, who fears that the player will have trouble focusing on the job at hand, as everyone saw in the derby against Steaua.
  • Dinamo’s board took once again the wrong call, yet will continue to wonder why this is the club with the biggest discipline issues in Liga I. Caught by the paparazzi in a club, the Senegalese Ousmane N’Doye managed somehow to dribble his way through all the threats (huge fine, relegation to the reserve team, lost place in the first eleven) and is announced again in Dinamo’ first eleven for tonight’s game against Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt… Read more…

Shopping in Italy

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Georgian Paun (24) will play for Politehnica Iasi until the end of the season. Initially, the deal was presented as a loan until the summer, but recent reports speak about a definitive move, with Dinamo selling Paun in exchange of the 50% they would have had to pay Poli Iasi in case they would have sold Adrian Cristea (26).
  • CFR Cluj finally signed Roberto De Zerbi (30). Demanded by coach Andrea Mandorlini, Napoli’s attacking midfielder is delaying his arrival in Romania, as he’s still nursing an old injury, and the medical problems of the first Italian player to feature in Liga I lead to a strange contract, which states that De Zerbi will get 10.000 EUR for each match played, until the end of the season.
  • Second division outfit Universitatea Cluj loaned Josias Basso Lisboa (20) from Reggina, until the end of the season. The Brazilian central defender had been playing on loan at Ravenna, in Serie C, and stated that he was convinced to come to Romania by fellow countryman Gabriel Texeira Machado (20), a striker who surprisingly joined Universitatea, after a short spell in Switzerland, at Grasshoppers Zurich.

Today’s press

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Brazilian anchorman Ricardo Vilana Gomes (28) refuses to return to Romania, although his club, Unirea Urziceni, resumed training for more than two weeks now. The player claims that he wasn’t paid according to his contract, while the club is threatening with a suspension until the end of the current deal. Romanian press speculates about a possible interest from FC Timisoara, but I highly doubt it, given that the Viola outfit has already two very good defensive midfielders, Dan Alexa and Alexandru Bourceanu, and the coach often struggles to keep both of them satisfied.
  • Andrea Mandorlini is reportedly interested in signing Italian attacking midfielder Roberto De Zerbi (30), who played last season for Avellino, in Serie B, scoring 5 goals in 15 appearances. In spite of several names from Italy mentioned so far as transfer targets for CFR, Mandorlini’s only signing from Serie A is Romanian forward Nicola Dica, bought from Catania, via Iraklis.

Contra leaves Getafe and returns home

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Cosmin Contra (34) confirmed the deal with FC Timisoara. The veteran full back has found an agreement with Getafe’s president and will be allowed to move to Timisoara as a free player. Contra will sign until the summer and is hoping to help the club win the league. Born in Timisoara, Contra has only played for half of season for the Viola outfit, collecting 14 appearances, back in 2005.
  • Universitatea Craiova made a bold move and completed the buy of star forward Florin Costea (24), from CSM Ramnicu Valcea. Although Costea (who’s also regarded as a solution for the national team – and might find even more space, in case Mutu won’t find a miraculous solution and avoid suspension) plays for Craiova since 2006, 25% of his transfer rights were still belonging to the second division club. And Craiova decided to pay 500.000 EUR in exchange, a lot of money, even though Costea was reportedly a target for big clubs from abroad, ready to meet an asking price of 4-5 mil. EUR! Knowing the player and that 75% of the rumors published this winter were rubbish, my bet is that he won’t leave Craiova for a higher price than 1.5 mil. EUR, if he’ll ever make a move abroad at all!
  • Unirea Alba Iulia signed Argentinian midfielder Enzo Bruno (22). The former Independiente player came as a free agent and signed a contract until the end of the season.
  • The Argentinian young striker Danilo Ezequiel Carando (20) agreed to sign a contract with Astra Ploiesti until June 2012. The forward joins a list of players bought by Astra from South America this winter: Deigo Silva (22, striker, from River Plate, in Uruguay), Maximilian Arias (21, midfielder, from Fenix, in Uruguay), Gonzalo Salgueiro (23, goalkeeper, born in Uruguay, comes from Kalamata, Greece), Alejandro Kruchowski (27, full back,  born in Argentina) and Marcelo Fabian Mendez Russo (28, central defender, from Montevideo Wanderers, in Uruguay). All the players have been recommended and assisted by Diego Solivaret.

CFR’s black list

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Alongside goalkeeper Nuno Claro (33), Italian coach Andrea Mandorlini has included on his black list the following players: Dario Flores (25, central defender from Urugay), Andre Filipe Leao (24, central defensive midfielder from Portugal) and Diego Ruiz (29, centre forward from Argentina – in picture). They’ve been offered on loan to Unirea Alba Iulia, but refused to go there. The presence of Ruiz (who spent the first half of season in Turkey, on loan at Kasimpasa) on the list is somehow surprising, as it comes a day after club owner Arpad Paszkany said that he’d prefer Ruiz to Yssouf Kone, as the Argentinian has been a more prolific scorer.

CFR also officially released on a free transfer experienced winger Bogdan Mara (32), who’s wanted not just by Steaua and Dinamo, but also says that he has offers from Russia and Greece.

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