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Making moves: transfer market first half

The end of the club season in Europe and the start of the 'international' summer also means time for players to switch sides, making career moves, return 'home' or simply look out to a team willing to meet their demands. And with the World Championships coming up late July in Kazan, the national team members hope to have signed their new contracts before that time so they don't have to worry about next season when participating in this year's main intenational tournament with spots for the 2016 Olympic Games up for grabs. With the transfer market in full swing Waterpoloworld takes a moment to summarise some of the highlights so far. With several 'big fishes' already heavily linked to new employers, such as Italian champion Pro Recco reportedly welcoming Serbian sensation Dusan Mandic and Croatian star Sandro Sukno, plus Spanish lefthander Xavi Garcia who leaves Primorje, moving back to Barcelona, being unconfirmed as this point, we take a closer look to the moves that were announced by either club or players themselves.

Felipe Perrone leaves Spanish champion Barceloneta to sign a 2-year contract with Jug Dubrovnik.
Maro Jokovic returns to his longtime club Jug Dubrovnik after having spent the past 2 season in Italy with European and Italian champion Pro Recco.
And Jug got their wanted centre-forward in the person of Mladost's Luka Loncar who makes the move down south.

Barceloneta got a nice return as the club announced the signing of brothers and former Red Star players Strahinja and Viktor Rasovic.
Great news for the Spanish champion and Final Six bronze medal winning side also came from goalkeeper Daniel Lopez and defender Marc Minguell who extended their contract with 4 and 2 more years, respectively.

Kristijan Milakovic coming from Como, who withdrew from the top Italian league Serie A1 for next season, signed with Savona who also landed centre-forward Sasha Sadovyy coming over from BPM Sport Management.

Nikola Dedovic, currently playing for Sliema in Malta this summer, following his resignation from the team of Radnicki due to unpaid salaries, will play for Croatian champion Primorje next season.
Primorje also inked Mladost's Croatia international Ante Vukicevic to a deal while confirming to have parted ways with Spanish lefthander Xavi Garcia and Croatian scorer Marko Elez.

Jadran Herceg Novi announced to have signed prodigies Stefan Pješivac, Vlado Popadić, Nikola Giga and Stefan Porobić to 4-year deals.
Nikola Janovic leaves Jug Dubrovnik after 4 years to return to Jadran Herceg Novi.

Nikola Janovic will skip this summer's international season but announced to leave Jug and return home to Montenegrin, being on the verge of signing with Jadran Herceg Novi.

Croatia national team goalkeeper Josip Pavic shifts from Mladost to Greece where he has singed with champion Olympiacos.

Brescia has reinforced its squad by inking Savona lefty Luca Damonte and the Serbian duo of centre-forward Nemanja Ubovic (Barceloneta) and centre-back Sava Randjelovic (Red Star) to a deal.

Randjelovic with club's president Malchiodi during the recent World League Super Final in Bergamo.

BPM Sport Management got its big fish in acquiring Acquachiara's top scorer, Croatia international Antonio Petkovic. Earlier the club signed Marko Jelaca (Como).

Antonio Petkovic, pictured playing for Acquachiara, will next season take his scoring ability to the team of BPM Sport Management.

Radnicki's Srdjan Vuksanovic is one more player to leave the Serbian team. Will play in Russian league for Dinamo Astrakhan.
Team-mate Dusan Markovic has signed with Romanian champion CSM Digi Oradea.
CSM Oradea and new head coach Kalman Kadar doing nice business. Earlier already signed Mihnea Gheorghe and Mihnea Chioveanu from Steaua.

France high scorer Mehdi Marzouki is the new addition to the squad of German champion Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin. He replaces Slovakian international Martin Famera who leaves for CN Barcelona.

Marzouki posing with Spandau president Hagen Stamm.

Spanish side CN Mataro confirmed the transfer of Netherlands internationals Thomas Lucas (Szentes, Hungary) and Robin Lindhout (Lille, France).

Lucas and Lindhout posing with Mataro coach Beto Fernandez.

Fellow Dutch national team members Yoran Frauenfelder (UZSC, Netherlands) and Jorn Winkelhorst (CN Barcelona) made the move to CN Sant Andreu

Greek prodigy Dimitris Tigas (Vouliagmeni) moves to Partizan in 1-year deal.

Szolnok's Marton Toth is presented as new FTC player for next season, as well as Serbian Marko Cuk, pictured below (Radnicki).


Szolnok meanwhile inked Honvéd's Bence Fülöp to a 3-year deal.

Honvéd goalkeeper Márton Lévai shifts to Debrecen. Debrecen also acquired Spain veteran Sergi Mora (Terrassa) and Catalunya top scorer Arpad Babay.

Vasas completed its team for next season and inked 24-year old Montenegrin prodigy Jovan Saric (Jadran Herceg Novi) to deal.

Spanish promoted side CN Rubi welcomed Netherlands international Lars Reuten (Widex GZC Donk, Netherlands) and Sebastiaan van Mil (Sabadell).

Note: this summary does not include all transactions in Europe so far but is intended to cover the highlights to a certain extend.

Pictured top photo: Jug signings Felipe Perrone (Brazil national team captain) shaking hands with future team-mates ahead of a friendly match and Maro Jokovic with club sports director Ognjen Krzic.

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