Leeds handed huge transfer boost after development y'day, player may be easier to sign - report
Leeds United have been handed a huge boost in their bid to sign Dinamo Zagreb centre-back Josko Gvardiol as they were knocked out of the Champions League yesterday (Wednesday), according to the Mirror.
The newspaper claimed in it’s live transfer blog on Thursday [12:57pm] that Dinamo wanted to keep Gvardiol, 18, while they still had a chance of making the group stages of the competition.
However, Gvardiol played 90 minutes at centre-back on Wednesday night as Dinamo lost 2-1 away in Hungary against Ferencvaros – and that is major news for Leeds as he could be easier to sign from the Croatian giants.
The Mirror adds that Leeds are not alone in trying to sign Gvardiol as RB Leipzig are also bidding to sign the Croatia Under-21 defender.
However, it is understood that the Bundesliga club has offered to buy Gvardiol and send him back to Zagreb on a season-long loan.
Leeds are reportedly offering more of Dinamo’s asking-price up-front so both offers could sound tempting to Dinamo.
Gvardiol would be a handy addition to the Leeds squad with the left-footed centre-back also able to play in the left-back position.
He’s also a good ball-player and at the age of 18 can develop into a very good player if he continues to get regular first-team game-time.
Would he get that at Leeds?
He might not.
Liam Cooper and Robin Koch are going to be locked in as Bielsa’s first-choice centre-backs this season but Pascal Struijk’s impressive display at Liverpool on Saturday might give the Leeds manager some food for thought.
MOT Leeds News compared both Gvardiol and Struijk this week and both are very close in terms of their stats and experience in the game.
We’d still like to see Gvardiol join but Leeds have to be sure about the player before spending so much money on him.
In other Leeds United news, Bielsa’s responded when asked for an update on Gvardiol’s potential move to Elland Road.