It’s anybody’s guess just who Newcastle will be after in the summer, but since the Tyneside club has money to be spend, the club will definitely be bringing in some players, and of course we’ll be linked with hundreds more, that we are said to be after.
Milan Badelj – 21 year-old Croatian bidding star
And with that in mind, there is a report out today that both Tottenham and Newcastle are targeting the Dinamo Zagreb star Milan Badelj.
The 21-year-old Zagreb, Yugoslavian born play-maker, is having a really good season in the Croatian Premier League, and of course he fits the profile perfectly of players owner Mike Ashley wants to bring to Newcastle.
The player, who turns 22 next week, has played for all the Croatian youth sides through U21 for a grand total of 54 times. and currently has two full caps for Croatia.
The report suggests that Italian club Lazio and German club Bayer Leverkusen were interested in the player last month, but Zagreb didn’t want to let him go until the summer, but it seems they will let the lad leave his home-town club this summer.
Reports in Croatia are suggesting that Newcastle and Spurs have both been keeping tabs on Badelj, but of course Newcastle, with money to spend this summer, will be linked with anybody and everybody who is available, from anywhere. 😀
But the asking price of £3.5M, looks to be a decent price for such a young and seemingly very promising player.
Zagreb officials have already said they have received inquiries about the 6’1″ central midfielder, who so far has played 84 times with 19 goals for Dinamo, and played 28 times with 7 goals for Locomotiva, while on loan during the 2007-2008 season.
He joined the Zagreb club in 2007, when just 17 years old.
This player would seem like a good signing for the Newcastle club, from what we can tell of his record.
If there are any Croatian readers, or those who have seen this lad play, maybe they can offer more information on how good Milan is.
What do you think?