Leeds United have reached an agreement to sign Dinamo Zagreb defender Josko Gvardiol in a deal worth £17.8million, according to TyC Sports reporter German Garcia Grova.

Writing on his personal Twitter account on Sunday, the Argentinenan journalist said that Leeds “verbally agreed” the signing of the 18-year-old centre-back, who will sign a five-year contract at Elland Road.

It is understood that some of the £17.8million fee Leeds have agreed is made up of bonuses.

Gvardiol has only made 13 senior appearances in all competitions for Dinamo, with two of them coming last month with the Croatian season underway.

The Croatia Under-21 international is very inexperienced so spending so much money on him and offering him a long-term contract might be seen as a risk.

But Victor Orta and his scouting team will have no doubt watched Gvardiol very closely and, of course, a move for him would not have happened unless it was given the green light by manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Gvardiol could be used in Bielsa’s first-team next season.

Although Robin Koch has arrived from Freiburg and is likely to partner Liam Cooper in the centre-back positions for the bulk of the campaign, the young Croatian could be seen as the next centre-back in the pecking order.

Pascal Struijk impressed at the end of last season and even scored in a pre-season friendly win over Pacos de Ferreira on Saturday.

But the vast sum of money being spent on Gvardiol suggests he is definitely seen as a first-team player, otherwise, he would be one very expensive addition to the Under-23s.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have been offered the chance to sign this midfielder.


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