VfL Wolfsburg have announced the signing of young Croatian winger Josip Brekalo on a five-year deal from Dinamo Zagreb.
After a disappointing Bundesliga campaign, where Die Wölfe finished eighth in the league standings, an immediate transfer drive has begun, with young talented player across Europe being targeted by manager Dieter Hecking.
The 17-year-old impressed at youth level for his national U-17 side at the recent World Cup in Chile and the European championship in Bulgaria, while also making his eight first-team appearances for Zagreb.
Director of Sport, Klaus Allofs, revealed the club was excited about seeing the teenager in a Wolfsburg shirt after he scored three goals in four games during their scouting period in the U-19 European Championship qualification earlier this year.
“We are delighted that Josip Brekalo has opted for a move to VfL Wolfsburg,” Allofs told the club’s official website.
“He is a very talented player, who is just at the beginning of his development and he has a huge future ahead of him. With us, he will be given the time he needs to definitively establish himself in the senior team.”
Hecking himself is keen to start working with one of Europe’s brightest prospects: “Josip is a very fast player, who is particularly strong in one-on-one situations. He is the ideal addition to our attacking game and increases our variation and flexibility in that area.”
Brekalo admitted meanwhile, it was ‘dream’ to secure a move to the Bundesliga: “It has always been my dream to play in the Bundesliga. VfL Wolfsburg is a club with great prospects, with whom I can continue my development at the highest level.
“Those responsible at VfL made a great effort to sign me and they clearly explained the route the club intends to take,” the youngster added.