Luton Town have confirmed the club record signing of goalkeeper Simon Sluga from Croatian side HNK Rijeka.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper has signed a 3 year deal with the Championship new boys, with the club confirming they paid a fee of over 1.5 million Euros for the player’s services – their highest transfer fee paid since 1989.
Sluga is the club’s 5th new signing ahead of their return to the Championship, following the arrivals of Callum McManaman, Martin Cranie, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Brendan Galloway.
The goalkeeper spent time in his academy career with Juventus and Hellas Verona.
Sluga was part of the Rijeka team that won the Croatian First Football League in 2016-17 and back-to-back Croatian Cups in 2016-17 and 2017-18, while also getting a cap with the Croatian national team in a friendly against Tunisia earlier in 2019.
The Luton manager Graeme Jones voiced his delight to add Sluga to his squad ahead of the new season.
He told the official Luton Town website, “I’m delighted to break to club record fee with signing a current Croatian international, who is basically second choice for the country who 12 months ago were playing in a World Cup final. That shows the pedigree of players that we’ve been scouting throughout Europe since March.
“We’ve looked at all markets and seen Simon live several times. He’s incredibly athletic and powerful. He’s an excellent footballer – an 11th player for us – and he has a fantastic presence and great reflexes. He’s brave, focussed and driven.”