MOT Leeds News conducted an exclusive interview with Index HR journalist Ivan Žeželj, getting his views on the Whites’ pursuit of Dinamo Zagreb’s Josko Gvardiol…

Croatian journalist Ivan Zezelj has claimed that Leeds United will be taking a “big risk” by spending over £17.8million on Dinamo Zagreb defender Josko Gvardiol.

The Index HR journalist did admit that the Whites could earn a big profit on the 18-year-old, who is the “perfect match” for Marcelo Bielsa.

Gvardiol has recently broken through into the Zagreb first-team and has featured in Champions League qualifiers for his boyhood club.

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Zezelj believes that Leeds could earn profit as Gvardiol is set to become one of the next big stars of Croatian football with this potential move to Elland Road.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Zezelj said: “In my honest opinion, the price tag of more than €20million is a big risk but big profit type of business for Leeds United.”

“But, knowing Marcelo Bielsa and how he’s approaching scouting and what kind of players he likes – Gvardiol and El Loco are the perfect match.

“Also, you need to take into account that Gvardiol is only 18 years old and that he will make progress in time. If he avoids major injuries, he is destined to become a new Croatian star because he has all the attributes and potential to do so.”

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Leeds are so desperate to win the race, 24sata reported that despite having a bid accepted, they had offered an increased £19.9million with an added 20% sell-on clause to beat the likes of RB Leipzig to his signature.

The initial fee was said to be £17.8million, something Zezelj suggested was a big risk, so this new fee could be seen as a massive risk back in Croatia.

Recent reports have claimed that Gvardiol isn’t convinced about a move to West Yorkshire, but that Bielsa remains “insistent” that the Whites should make the switch, and they usually listen.

Leeds and Bielsa don’t get many things wrong, and despite Zezelj claiming it could be a big risk, they appear certain that they’ll be sealing a bargain with this one.

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