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Reported Sheffield United target Dario Zuparic in controversial cup celebrations

Reported Sheffield United target Dario Zuparic is in trouble after his controversial cup celebrations.

The Rijeka defender, who was named man of the match for his performance in the Croatian cup final, let off a fire extinguisher in the dressing room following the 3-1 victory.

Index reports that Zuparic sprayed it around his teammates. The room filled with smoke as a result and players had to evacuate with t-shirts over their faces to help them breathe.

The Rijeka squad then shared a changing room with losing finalists Dinamo Zagreb.

Not only that but Zuparic’s prank also set off the fire alarms. As part of the precautions the electric supply to the stadium was automatically disconnected. It was more than an hour-and-a-half before it returned.

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Who is Zuparic?

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The Daily Star claims that the 27-year-old is a transfer target for the Blades. They are not the only English club interested in Zuparic, with Fulham also said to be keen.

In fact the Whites came close to signing the centre-back during the January transfer window. Despite the fact they have since been relegated to the Championship, the West London side remain interested.

United, however, have the advantage of being able to offer Zuparic Premier League football following their promotion. Manager Chris Wilder is said to be keen on the deal because the former Croatia Under-21 international is available for the cut-price fee of £1.5m.

That is mainly because Zuparic is about to enter the final year of his current contract with Rijeka.

The cup victory was the Croatian’s third major trophy win with the club since joining them in January 2017. That first season Rijeka won the Croatian title for the first time in their history. It was a double-winning year as they also lifted the cup.

Zuparic also has experience in Italian football, having played for Pescara for three-and-a-half years. He helped them to promotion to Serie A in 2016.

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