A grand total of 45 Croatian players changed clubs in this January transfer window with the biggest transfer that of Josip Juranovic from Celtic to the German club Union Berlin for a healthy 8.55 million euro. Around 33 million euros was spent on Croatian players.
Interestingly, the second biggest signing of this transfer window was a domestic based player. Stipe Biuk, a left-winger from Hajduk Split, moved to the MLS and Los Angeles FC for a whopping 6.5 million euro. The 20-year-old had only played 15 times for Hajduk and had scored 1 goal and recorded 2 assists. Biuk became the third biggest transfer from Hajduk and the second most expensive player that LAFC have ever signed.
The third most expensive transfer was that of the former Dinamo Zagreb player Mislav Orsic to Premier League team Southampton FC for 5.75 million euro.
A familiar face on the list is the former Liverpool FC defender Dejan Lovren, who moved from the Russian club Zenit to the French league and Lyon for 2 million euro. Lovren was part of the Croatian national team that finished third in the recent World Cup in Qatar.
Of the 45 Croatian players that moved teams this January transfer window that vast majority were either free transfers or loan deals, in fact in only 11 cases was a fee paid, either a loan fee or a transfer fee.
The top ten Croatian transfers in the January window were –
Josip Juranovic – Celtic to FC Union Berlin - €8.55m
Stipe Biuk – Hajduk Split to Los Angeles FC - €6.50m
Mislav Orsic – Dinamo Zagreb to Southampton FC - €5.75m
Dion Beljo – Osijek to FC Augsburg - €3.00m
Marin Ljubicic – Hajduk Split to LASK - €2.90m
Ivica Ivusic – Osijek to Pafos FC - €2.00m
Dejan Lovren – Zenit to Olympique Lyon - €2.00m
Josip Brekalo – Wolfsburg to ACF Fiorentina - €1.50m
David Colina – Hajduk to FC Augsburg - €650k
Tin Jedvaj – Lokomotiv Moscow to Al-Ain FC - €200k (loan fee)