Leeds United are zeroing in on a deal for Dinamo Zagreb centre-back Josko Gvardiol, according to Croatian journalist Ivan Žeželj. 

On his personal Twitter account, Žeželj claimed the deal was “practically done”, with just “details” left to be sorted out between the two clubs.

The fee, as has been reported elsewhere, will be around £17.8m (€20m).

However, according to Index.hr journalist Žeželj, Gvardiol will remain a Dinamo Zagreb player for their Champions League qualifier against Ferencvaros on September 16.

Žeželj said that Gvardiol would travel to Leeds after this game to close the deal.

No deal until after Premier League starts?

On the one hand, with Robin Koch already at Leeds, it doesn’t seem to matter too much if Gvardiol doesn’t sign for a couple of weeks.

He will be used as cover and Leeds hopefully won’t need cover that early on in the season.

However, it does seem a bit odd that a big transfer like this would be put at peril with Gvardiol open to picking up an injury in the Champions League game.

When a deal is as advanced as this seems to be, the player is normally pulled from training, let alone competitive games.

The game is a huge one for Dinamo Zagreb, though. If they beat Ferencvaros they are guaranteed at least £14m (based on 19/20 prize payouts) for qualifying for the group stage of the Champions League.

That’s close to the fee they’re getting for Gvardiol.

Gvardiol played 66 minutes in the second qualifying round as Dinamo Zagreb scraped past CFR Cluj on penalties.

It would be interesting to see what happened if Leeds pushed hard to complete the deal sooner, but it does seem like it’s going to happen.

Leeds have already smashed their transfer record for Valencia striker Rodrigo and also signed Robin Koch from Freiburg.

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