It’s not every day a manager comes out and does a feature-length interview bigging up one of his players as bids are reportedly being tabled for him.
According to Sky Sports Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano, Leeds have offered £19.9million to Dinamo Zagreb for centre-back Josko Gvardiol while also throwing in a 20 per cent sell-on clause to sweeten the deal.
Based on the fact Gvardiol, 18, has only made 13 senior appearances for Dinamo, we don’t see them rejecting that offer and Leeds should make firm progress in their pursuit of landing the Croatian defender.
Now, Dinamo manager Zoran Mamic has spoken to Scouted Football to let everyone know just how great his player is.
Mamic said Gvardiol is a “totally modern centre-back”.
He added: “His defensive skills, like one-on-one and aerial abilities, are amazing. There are centre-backs with those kind of qualities, but the things that make him different from the others and better is the fact that he can play. He wants to play. His playmaking abilities are amazing. He’s left-footed, which is always a very nice thing in football.”
Leeds and RB Leipzig are reportedly bidding to sign Gvardiol, which led to Mamic saying about which major leagues in Europe where the Croatia Under-21 international would be best-suited to playing.
Coincidentally, Mamic discussed the possibility of Gvadiol playing in both England and Germany.
“He has all of it. If he goes to Germany, he can play high; he can play dynamic football when you go up and down all the time. For example, they play with three centre-backs because they play 3-5-2 in Germany. He can play that,” Mamic continued.
“In Spain, possession football is important, to be good on the ball, and he has that also. If he goes to England, he is a kid of course. His body is stronger but still is a kid. But he can adapt to anything. He is a hard worker, no problem with injuries. Everything comes easy to him.”
Mamic’s words about Gvardiol are very exciting and just go to show that Leeds could be signing an amazing young player.
The left-footed defender, who can play at left-back as well in a central role, could be a perfect back-up for Liam Cooper and whoever Marcelo Bielsa opts to play as left-back in the new Premier League season.
It would, of course, be a risk to play such a young and inexperienced player but time after time in the Championship, Bielsa called upon players from his Under-23s to use them in the senior squad and he still managed to win a league title.
We hope that the Whites can sort out a deal for Gvardiol but Mamic’s interview with Scouted Football comes across as an effort to sell the player.
Although he has a lot of potential, why else would a manager big up such a young player, even though he must know there’s a lot of speculation surrounding his future?
In other Leeds United news, Chris Wood has shared his thoughts on Leeds’ transfer moves.