Sandro Kulenovic was linked with a move to Nottingham Forest earlier this summer. Last night he wasn’t included in the squad as Dinamo Zagreb departed the Champions League in embarrassing fashion.

The Croatian champions were held to a 0-0 draw by minnows FC Sheriff. That result saw Zagreb depart the competition 3-0 on aggregate, missing out on the group stages of the competition.

Damir Krznar’s men had beaten Valur, Omonia Nicosia and Legia Warsaw to reach the final qualifying round. Kulenovic was only used for 15 minutes of the first game against Valur, coming off the bench during the contest.

Portugal v Croatia - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
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It was claimed by Sportske that Forest wanted the striker on loan. The temporary deal would have included a £2.5 million to buy him at the end of the season.

Kulenovic reportedly turned a move to England down though and he could now be in limbo. Krznar doesn’t seem to fancy him at all and that doesn’t bode well.

The Croatian under-21 international spent last season on loan with Rijeka. He scored eight goals and claimed six assists from 37 appearances for the top-flight outfit.

 

It seems as though Zagreb are willing to let him leave this summer, whether that be on loan or in a permanent deal.

Should Forest go back in for Kulenovic?

There’s every chance that Forest’s offer for the Croatian could still be on the table. It was the player who rejected the move the first time around and the ball is in his court.

Kulenovic might not prove to be a bad signing if Forest did pursue him again. He is energetic, knows where the net is and also brings other players into the game.

Portugal v Croatia - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
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He would certainly bring something different to Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor, whilst he is also younger and has his whole career ahead of him.

Kulenovic will have watched on last night during Zagreb’s embarrassing defeat and he’ll be chomping at the bit to play regular football during 2021/22.

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