Before I write about the signing of Stipe Buik. I want to say Happy New Year and hopefully 2023 will be a good year for everyone. During the holidays LAFC have made moves in the winter transfer market, so let’s check it out.
LAFC are still active in the winter transfer market as the club announced the signing of Croatian forward Stipe Buik. After signing Denil Maldonado on December 22nd, the club continues to add more players and build a solid roster.
The 20-year-old Croatian signed a four year contract until 2026 with a club option for 2027. Buik will join the Black and Gold as a part of Major League Soccer ‘s U22. He will also occupy an international roster spot pending receipt of his international Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P1 Visa.
“Stipe is an incredibly talented player with considerable experience for his age who is recognized as one of the top young players in Europe,” LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington said. “It is exciting to welcome a player of his quality, pedigree, and potential to LAFC, and we are confident he will excite our fans and contribute to our team’s success in the years to come.”
Buik came through the ranks of NK Solin before joining HNK Hajduk Split. During his youth career, Bayern Munich and Red Bull Salzburg were monitoring him.
After spending nine years with Hajduk academy, he signed his first professional contract with Hajduk on January 16, 2021. During his senior career, he received offers from VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, and Galatasaray.
He was named to UEFA.com’s 2022 top 40 For The Future most talented players under the age of 21 in Europe. In Addition, Buik was also named among the finalists for the 2022 Golden boy award which was won by Barcelona player Gavi.
Buik appeared in 52 total league matches in three seasons for Hajduk scoring five goals and two in 43 starts. He also played at all the youth levels for the Croatian National team.