Norwich City have been linked with interest in signing Croatian goalkeeper Simon Sluga this week.
The Canaries are reportedly keen to bring the shot-stopper to Carrow Road this summer to be their number one in the Premier League next season.
Tim Krul joined Norwich on a free transfer from Brighton last summer and played every single minute of the club’s Championship title success.
However, questions marks were raised throughout the season as Krul made a number of costly errors and failed to impress in too many games – with Norwich conceding 57 goals in the league.
It is clear that the goalkeeping department is an area of concern for Norwich, making this latest transfer rumour all the more believable.
One of the great things about Norwich’s recent success has been the superb signings who no one had heard of when they arrived.
It’s safe to say that no one will have heard of Sluga before this week, so who is he? We have compiled a little factfile to learn more about him in case he does sign for the club…
He is a 26-year-old goalkeeper who stands at 6ft 3.
He was born in Porec, Croatia, and now plays for Rijeka in his home country.
Sluga has just 12 months left on his current contract with Rijeka, who he has been with for 10 years.
Club career so far
He spent the first five years of his youth career in his home town, playing for Jadran Porec, before signing for his current club Rijeka.
Sluga spent two seasons out on loan, to Lokomotiva and Pomorac – both Croatian sides, making a combined 59 first-team appearances.
He made his debut for Rijeka in the 2016/17 season, playing two cup matches, before becoming the first choice in each of the last two seasons – making 85 appearances.
International career so far
Sluga was first called up to play for Croatia at under-17 level in 2009 and went on to represent his country at under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 level – amassing 27 caps throughout the various youth levels.
Earlier this month he received his first call-up to the senior Croatian squad and could make his international debut against Wales in a European Championship 2020 qualifier next month.
How much would he cost?
The report claims that he would cost somewhere in the region of €2m, which equates to roughly £1.8m.
Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber has already claimed that the club will have one of the lowest budgets in the division, which makes signings like this ideal for the club.
Who else is interested?
Fellow Premier League side Sheffield United are said to be interested in Sluga, along with Championship outfit Derby County, Hertha Berlin from the Bundesliga and Dinamo Zagreb from his home country.
Derby, however, could become a Premier League club next Monday if they beat Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final.
What has he won?
Despite not being the first-choice during the 2016/17 campaign for Rijeka, Sluga picked up medals for winning the Croatian 1st division title and the Croatian League Cup.
He repeated the Croatian Cup success this season, saving a penalty in the 3-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the final.