Report explains why Mario Gavranovic did not sign for Birmingham City

Pep Clotet, manager of Birmingham City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Bristol City at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on August 10, 2019 in...

Pep Clotet's Birmingham City reportedly wanted to bring Dinamo Zagreb's Swiss international Mario Gavranovic to the Championship this summer.

Zagrebs Swiss forward Mario Gavranovic reacts during the UEFA Europa League group D football match Spartak Trnava v Dinamo Zagreb in Trnava, Slovakia on October 25, 2018. - The match is...

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

The Blues snapped up Croatia’s next top midfielder in Ivan Sunjic but the U21 captain was not the only Dinamo Zagreb player on their radar.


29-year-old Gavranovic scored 12 goals in all competitions last season as The Blues claimed the Croatian title for a 21st time.

And, according to the Birmingham Mail, this title-winning form caught the eye of Pep Clotet’s Midland giants, who made an ill-fated attempt to lure the forward to St Andrews before the 5:00pm deadline on August 8.

Switzerland's forward Mario Gavranovic and Georgia's defender Jemal Tabidze vie for the ball during the Euro 2020 football qualification match between Georgia and Switzerland in Tbilisi on...

Gavranovic ran out of time to decide whether or not to uproot his family and move them across Europe, though can take some consolation in knowing that he is set to play Champions League football against Shakhtar Donestk, Atalanta and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City between now and the turn 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. The scheming Fran Villalba, however, has already made a big impression after arriving from Valencia while young play-maker Dan Crowley should thrive in Clotet’s system.

Mario Gavranovic of Switzerland controls the ball during the UEFA Nations League A group two match between Belgium and Switzerland at Roi Baudouin Stadion on October 12, 2018 in Brussels,...

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