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.
👍🏾 #Leeds acordó de palabra el fichaje de Josko Gvardiol, marcador central zurdo de 18 años
💶La transferencia se hace por €20M bonus incluidos. 5 años de contrato para el croata
🔖Bielsa, que aún no firmó su contrato, espera x el fichaje de Rodrigo de Paul pic.twitter.com/YSzMQpWUn0
— Germán García Grova (@GerGarciaGrova) September 5, 2020
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.
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