Report explains why Mario Gavranovic didn’t sign for Birmingham City

Birmingham City of Pep Clotet would have wanted to bring Swiss international Dinamo Zagreb Mario Gavranovic to the championship this summer.

Birmingham City tried and failed to sign Switzerland international Mario Gavranovic from Dinamo Zagreb on the last day of the transfer window last month, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The Blues nabbed Croatia’s next best midfielder in Ivan Sunjic, but the Under-21 captain wasn’t the only Dinamo Zagreb player on their radar.

Gavranovic, 29, scored 12 goals in all competitions last season as the Blues won the Croatian title for the 21st time.

And, according to the Birmingham Mail, this title-winning form caught the attention of Midland giants Pep Clotet, who made an unfortunate attempt to lure the forward to St Andrews before the 5:00 p.m. deadline on August 8.

Gavranovic ran out of time to decide whether or not to uproot his family and move them across Europe, but can take comfort in knowing that he is ready to play Champions League football against Shakhtar Donestk, the Atalanta and Manchester City from Pep Guardiola by the end of the year.

It was still an impressive summer for Birmingham with Sunjic, a masterful passer of the ball reminiscent of a young Luka Modric, a real coup. Intriguing Fran Villalba, however, has already made a strong impression following his arrival from Valencia, while young game creator Dan Crowley is expected to thrive in Clotet’s system.

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