CFR Cluj Recruits Three New Players. More to Come?

This article is written as a part of Journalism Online project at the Journalistic department of FSPAC, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca.

Romanian domestic champion CFR Cluj has just announced three new arrivals at Stadionul Constantin Rădulescu.

German right-back Christoper Braun from FC Botosani, Croatian left-back Karlo Brucic from Slovenian outfit FC Koper, and former Polish league champion Karlo Murhar from Lech Poznan will add depth to Dan Petrescu’s side, which won Liga 1 in the 2021/2022 season.

“We are happy to announce the transfer of left-back Karlo Brucic from FC Koper in Slovenia,” the club says in its official press statement, adding, “The Croatian footballer started playing football at Dinamo Zagreb’s academy, and later played for teams such as Lokomotiv Zagreb, FC Ashtod, the first league team from Israel, Dinamo Minsk or FK Suduva. During his junior year, Brucic ticked off the presence of all the Croatian national teams from U15 to U21. We wish him good luck and as many achievements as possible at CFR Cluj.”

Prior to the announcement, CFR Cluj has released a few foreign players to fit the league’s quota regulation. 29-year-old Billel Omrani, who was crowned as the Foreign Player of the Year in 2019, announced his intention to depart Stadionul Constantin Rădulescu after clinching their fifth league title in a decisive match against Universitatea Craiova back in March.

Icelandic midfielder Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson was the league’s highest-paid footballer with an annual salary of 450,000 euros until the club consensually terminated his contract, possibly due to heavy injuries and unbalanced salaries.

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Six other players, including promising goalkeeper Otto Hindrich, were released by the club. Hindrich is loaned to Hungarian second league team Kisvarda to gain more game time, while Kristian Dimitrov and Cristian Negut were loaned to Croatian outfit Hajduk Split and Romanian new powerhouse Chindia Targoviste, respectively.

The acquisition comes as a shock as the Romanian champion has been financially struggling despite their recent domestic success in the past few years. A few players had reached three months’ salary arrears as FANATIK investigated back in March with debts of over 26 million euros. Shockingly, Petrescu was also absent from the reunion meeting on June 7th, fueling rumors of his departure to Arab countries.

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