Leeds United, Dinamo Zagreb and Josko Gvardiol are happy with the centre-back’s proposed move to Elland Road, according to Mirror journalist David Anderson.
Writing on his personal Twitter account on Sunday, Anderson said that Leeds are “progressing” in their talks to sign 18-year-old Gvardiol and the fee will be around £18million, which equals the club’s transfer record prior to this window when Rio Ferdinand was bought for that much in 2000.
All three parties are said to be pleased with the transfer, which looks as though it is now a matter of when and not if it will be completed.
Leeds are progressing in their bid to sign Croatia Under-21 defender Josko Gvardiol from Dinamo Zagreb. All three parties are happy with the proposed transfer. Fee will be around £18m. Leeds still in talks over Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul. #lufc
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) September 6, 2020
Gvardiol’s arrival could mean that Marcelo Bielsa’s defence is complete and ready for the upcoming Premier League season, which kicks off in less than a week.
Robin Koch joined the Whites from Freiburg last week and he is likely to partner Liam Cooper at the heart of Bielsa’s defence for the bulk of the season.
But Gvardiol offers an extra option after them in the pecking order as it doesn’t hurt to have a young, up-and-coming understudy to play every now and then and fill in whenever players are injured or suspended.
Koch is also able to play as a defensive midfielder so if Kalvin Phillips is ever injured or suspended, Koch can move forward into the midfield with Gvardiol filling in the gap in the defence.
Gvardiol’s arrival is bound to be the final big-money signing that Leeds make this transfer window with the club spending over £40million on new players so far.
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